Gnawa

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Etymology[edit]

From Arabic غَنَاوَة(ḡanāwa). The name appears to originate from the Saharan Berber dialect word aguinaw (or agenaou) (Arabic أݣناو‎), meaning black (men), perhaps itself derived from the name of a city significant in the 11th century, in what is now western Mali, called Gana, in Arabic Ghana or Jenna and in Portuguese and later French Guinea or Jenné.

Noun[edit]

Gnawa (plural Gnawas or Gnawa)

  1. Any member of an ethnic group and Sufi religious order in Morocco.

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