Harmonica was formed in 1997 as a folk ensemble performing the Gnawa music of Algeria which portrays a mixture of sub-Saharan African, Berber, and Arabic religious songs and rhythms. Though many of the influences that formed this music can be traced to sub-Saharan, the practice of Gnawa music is concentrated in north Africa, mainly Morocco and Algeria. The success of their debut album Dellali, released in 1999 made Harmonica a popular appearance within various music festivals in Algeria and neighbouring territories. The new formation of Harmonica, featured on the album “Salam”, explores an Afro-Mediterranean fusion portraying local traditional instruments, like the goumbri, mondol and a range of percussion instruments. The music of Harmonica absorbs a variety of musical influences harnessed within their Northern African cultural roots.
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