Jouwala Collective

United in the heart of Richmond, Virginia in 2015, Jouwala Collective blends Gnawa music, traditional African and spiritual songs characterized by trance inducing chants and rhythms, with modern influences of funk, jam, jazz, rock, soul, reggae, blues, chaabi and electronic. Erie synth notes create a soft background over which are laid tribal tones of instruments from a world away resulting in an atmosphere of spiritual healing. Incredibly fast, dynamic drum rhythms keep your feet moving while the overall sound holds you in a dreamlike trance. Electric guitars and rock themes interweave so that the mood, and the room, can be transformed immediately and without warning. Having released their debut album in early 2016, Jouwala Collective is a unique musical force soon to be reckoned with.

Jouwala Collective is Ismail Bouzidoune (Gimbri, Bass, Vocals); Gabriel McFarland (Guitar, Loutar); James Swisher (Keyboards); Kevin Johnson (Tabla, Percussion); and David Price-Gibson (Drums)