KARIM NABIL - PRODUCER
Karim Nabil is a French-Moroccan Producer and 1st Assistant Director based in Los Angeles and Casablanca. He is the principal co-owner of Create Xplore Media which focuses on creative service productions in Morocco and the United States. With over 15 years of experience in production, he has worked on projects in France, England, Spain, Germany, USA, Tunisia and Morocco. Growing up in Casablanca, Gnawa music has always been a part of his life. He is very excited by the opportunity to bring Gnawas to Los Angeles and share his cultural roots.
JY-AH MIN - PRODUCER
Jy-Ah Min is a Korean American Director, Producer and Creative Consultant based in Los Angeles. She is the principal co-owner of Create Xplore Media. After moving to Tangier, Morocco in 2009, she fell in love with its music, culture and its people. Life in Morocco helped her become familiar with its best traditions including the beautiful music of the Gnawas and their rituals. With a background of working with professional artists for over 15 years, she is an enabler for creative projects in every aspect of the process.
FEHD BENCHEMSI - Co-producer /ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
Fehd Benchemsi is a Moroccan musician and actor (American Sniper, Clint Eastwood and Queen of the desert, Werner Herzog) based in Los Angeles, California and Casablanca, Morocco. Since attending his first Lila in 1995, Fehd has been devoted to the musical craft and practice of Lilas for the last 20 years. His deep rooted interest has led him to study under well known Maalem (masters) such as Abdelkabir Merchane, Hamid Elkasri and Hassan Boussou, in Morocco.
JOANNA LAI LORD - EVENT MANAGER / PRESS
Joanna Lord is an American Creative Designer and Project Manager based in Los Angeles. For over ten years she has curated live film, art, and music events in London, New York, and Los Angeles. With a Masters in Visual Anthropology from Goldsmiths, University of London, she always has her hands in the development of unique and innovative cultural projects in the arts such as the Spirit of Gnawas and more.