Saturday, October 22, 2016

I was made to love magic

Some mon just deal wit' information. An' some mon, him deal wit' the concept of truth. An' den some mon deal wit' magic. Information flow aroun' ya, an' truth flow right at ya. But magic, it flows t'rough ya.
That wisdom comes from Nernelly, a Jamaican bush doctor, and it comes via Timothy White's biography of Bob Marley. In Essaouira, Morocco the serendipitously titled Bob's Music store is named after Bob Marley and the acrylic is by Essaouiran gnawa artist Mohamed Tabal*. Nick Drake was signed to Island Records, as was Bob Marley. Nick visited Morocco in 1967 and I Was Made To Love Magic is the title of one of his songs. My encounter with the magic of the Gnawa in Essaouira is documented in Music should be dangerous.

* Red Lion by Mohamed Tabal (acrylic on masonite) is via The Richard M. Edson Collection of Contemporary Folk & Outsider Art. Any copyrighted material is included as "fair use" for critical analysis only, and will be removed at the request of copyright owner(s).

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