Electric Jalaba

Thu 1 July, 20:00

An uplifting evening of mesmerising traditional Gnawa music from Morocco with a nod to the worlds of jazz, techno, funk, psychedelic rock and Desert blues. 

Championed by Gilles Peterson, Electric Jalaba – made up of Moroccan Gnawa master Simo Lagnawi, Italian/English drummer Dave De Rose and four musical brothers; Henry, Oliver, Nathaniel and Barnaby Keen from Dorset – are celebrated for their deep psychedelic, groove-heavy sound. 

At the bands heart is the mesmeric vocals and energetic live performance of the charismatic Simo, the UK leading player of the gimbri – a traditional lute-like instrument made from camel skin.  

Traditional songs about colourful spirits, mysterious women, men that divide oceans and armies of conquerors weave themselves among enormous infectious grooves, analogue effects and warped guitars.

“Frenetic Anglo-Moroccan sextet infuse gnawa trance rituals with Comet Is Coming-style synth-jazz prophecies. Good attitude!”


“Inexhaustible energy, moments of soulful calm and pinnacles of ecstatic mayhem, plus some dance moves, I’ve definitely never seen before”

Rhythm Passport

Date: Fri 1 July 2021

Start Time: 20:00 (Doors Open 19:00)

Length: TBC

Venue: This event is performed live at Grand Junction, St Mary Magdalene’s, W2

Covid-19 Update 

Summer Sessions performances have gone on sale at 50% of Grand Junction’s full capacity to allow for social-distancing between groups (a minimum of one metre). Up to four people from different households are permitted to be seated together indoors. 

We will update you as government guidance changes – this could mean that we offer the event with reduced social distancing. Click here to view further Covid-safety information. 



Culture Recovery Fund for Heritage

This project is funded by the Culture Recovery Fund for Heritage. The Culture Recovery Fund is being delivered by The National Lottery Heritage Fund and Historic England, using funds provided by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport