Mahmoud Guinia is married to a woman from Marrakech, with whom he has two sons and a daughter.  His family of both the father's and mother's sides came from present day Mali. They were employed as soldiers in the sultan's army.  They are regarded as the main representatives for the style of Essaouira, the Saouiri style. Guinia died after a lengthy illness on 2 August 2015. His sons continue the tradition both being Maâllem of the Saouiri style, notably Maallem Houssam Guinia. Works Mahmoud Guinia has put out numerous recordings, which have not been documented very well. In the 1970s or so Moroccan music label Fikriphone released records of both live Lila ceremonies and studio sessions. In the next decades it was followed by Tichkaphone, whose materials were distributed in France by Sonodisc, and Agadir's La Voix El Maarif.  The most famous western release was recorded by Bill Laswell in 1994 and featured the American saxophone player Pharoah Sanders.
Another, with Peter Brötzmann and Hamid Drake, was recorded at Wels's 1996 Music Unlimited festival. The Shaman of the Sahara music recordings were released in 2001 with Maâllem Mahmoud Guinia in collaboration with Tata Guines, Victor Vidal Paz and various Indonesian musicians. Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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