Abdeljalil Kodssi

Abdeljalil Kodssi
  • country:Morocco
  • region:North Africa
  • style(s):Arabic, Gnawa
  • label:Ventilador Music
  • gender:male
  • instrumentation:instrumental, vocal
  • artist posted by:Ventilador Music

Line up

  • Javier Más (archilaúd)


Abdeljalil Kodssi, born in Marrakech, once professional barber, belongs to the gnawa community, the descendants of the Central Africans who were brought to the Maghreb in the Middle Ages. Following a casual encounter in Marrakech in 1984 with Spanish writer Juan Goytisolo, who falls under the spell of his music, he is invited to perform in Spain where he meets members of the band Al Tall from Valencia and starts to mingle with the European Arabic musical community. This is how he meets via Moroccan musician Hassan Hackmoun- jazz trumpet player Don Cherry with whom he undertakes a big European tour. In 1990, he creates, with friends Sheriff and Aziz, the band Nass Marrakech, which will release its debut album Sabil'a'Salaam in 2000 and embark on various world tours. Abdeljalil then settles between Marrakech and Barcelona. He collaborates on Javier Mas and Jordi Rallo's album, TAMIZ (2000). In 2001 Nass Marrakech records a second album, Bounderbala with the collaboration of Jorge Pardo and Cuban pianist Omar Sosa. In 2002 Abdeljalil releases his 1st solo album, Mimoun, produced by Omar Sosa. He is back in 2007 with Oulad Fulani Ganga, an album recorded with Javier Mas between Marrakech and Barcelona.