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Guide to the Muslims in Brooklyn oral histories 2018.006

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Collection processed by Elena Locascio

This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on June 13, 2019
Finding aid written in English using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

 Revised by Maggie Schreiner to reflect updated access restrictions.  , April 2019

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Oral History Interview with Hassan Ben Jaafar, February 12, 2018

Biographical / Historical

Hassan Ben Jaafar was born in 1962 in Fès, Morocco. He studied music under his father, following in his footsteps to become a Maâlem (master musician). After coming to New York in 2000, he collaborated with a wide variety of musicians, performing both individually and with his band, Innov Gnawa.

Scope and Contents

Hassan Ben Jaafar discusses his early life in Morocco, especially regarding his culture and his musical education through his father's school. He also speaks about coming to New York City, especially to the Red Hook neighborhood of Brooklyn. He expands on his musical influences; performances in a variety of venues across New York City, and work with his band, Innov Gnawa. He also talks about his memories of the September 11 Terrorist Attacks in 2001; surviving a house fire; being robbed while working at a store; and involvement in Masjid Farooq in the Boerum Hill neighborhood of Brooklyn. This interview includes extensive conversation in Moroccan Darija. Interview conducted by Liz H. Strong.

Conditions Governing Access

This interview will be available in Spring 2019.

Subject Names

  • Ben Jaafar, Hassan

Subject Organizations

  • Masjid Al-Farooq (Brooklyn, New York, N.Y.)

Subject Topics

  • Arabic language -- Dialects -- Morocco
  • Gnawa (African people)
  • Moroccans
  • Music -- Moroccan influences
  • Performing arts
  • Robbery -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • September 11 Terrorist Attacks, 2001

Subject Places

  • Boerum Hill (New York, N.Y.)
  • Brooklyn (New York, N.Y.)
  • Fès (Morocco)
  • Red Hook (New York, N.Y.)