he music of the Gnawas, descendants of deported slaves, combines poetry, music and dance in ancestral ceremonies, led by a master of music, the maalem. But these sacred traditions are gradually giving way to a more contemporary style. Asmaâ Hamzaoui, with her band Bnat Timboktou, is the youngest ambassador of this music. As a child, she learned to play guembri, the famous three-stringed lute. Faithful to the traditional but with a light contemporary style in the choice of her subjects, she is positioned as a proud heir of her father, the maalem Rachid Hamzaoui.