James Holden pairs with Moroccan musician Maalem Houssam Guinia on new live EP

James Holden has announced a collaborative EP, Three Live Takes, with Maalem Houssam Guinia via Border Community.

The two artists combined their styles on their new EP Three Live Takes, Holden’s modular synth work with a style of Moroccan ceremonial music called Gnawa, performed by Maalem Houssam Guinia, son of the late Gnawa legend Maalem Mahmoud Guinia. Holden fulfills the new EP with a variety of synthesizers and electronics, whereas Guinia with his band round over a trio of call-and-response grooves.

The British producer collaborated earlier in 2014 with the older Guinia for an EP in Marrakech, which a year later they released their Marhaba EP via Eglo and Border Community. After the death of Guinia, his son Maalem Houssam Guinia has taken over the band, continuing the legacy of his father to work with Holden on new live EP.

Watch a live video of them recording the EP.

01. Pass Through The Fire + Bouri Bouri Manandabo
02. Youmala
03. Baba Hamouda