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MEHDI NASSOULI has been learning to play many different traditional instruments of Morocco since he was a child being fascinated with the gnawa rhythms and trance from his family, Malhoune poetic arts and Deqqa folkloric percussion from the southern regions where he lived.

His favourite instrument is the guembri – the Moroccan lute and he has been learning from several masters on this instrument.

Launched into the international scene by festival director Brahim El Mazned, Mehdi now has many projects and international collaborations, and also leads many different types of bands.

He brings a traditional 5-piece to the Rainforest World Music Festival with mesmerizing dance and gnawa percussion and traditions.

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