United in the heart of Richmond Virginia, Jouwala Collective blends Gnawa Music, traditional African and spiritual songs characterized by trance inducing chants and rhythms, with modern influences of Funk, Jam, Jazz, Rock, Soul, Reggae, Dub, Blues, Latin,
Chaabi and Electronic. "Erie Synth notes create a soft background over which are laid tribal tones of instruments from a world away (Ismail's Gimbri, Gabe's Loutar and Kevin's tablas) resulting in an
atmosphere of spiritual healing. Incredibly fast, dynamic Drum rhythms keep your feet moving while the overall sound holds you in a dreamlike trance.
Electric guitars and Rock themes enter weave so that the mood, and the room, can be tranceformed immediately and without warning. In their short time together, Jouwala Collective has performed with internationally celebrated Drummie Zeb, founding member of Bob Marley's Wailers, Jeff Franca of Theivery
Corporation and successfully opened for People's blues of Richmond, Turkuaz and the Mantras. They have aired on Radio Mogador, WRIR Richmond, and Radio Rubber Room, as well as being featured in RVA Magazine. The group draws inspiration and musical influence from Hmida Boussou, Fela Kuti, Medeski
Martin & Wood, Snarky Puppy, and Miles Davis to name a few. The band is at home at any venue from festival stage, to packed music house to seated concert halls. They have even showcased their music at International Embassies. The band is currently hard at work recording their debut album which they hope to release in late 2016. In the meantime, and as always, the guys are busy writing new material, performing and finding new ways to incorporate traditional music in fresh and exciting ways.