:: Title :: Glaoua tune (fragment)
:: Genre :: dance, instrumental
:: Performers & Instruments ::
Unidentified men [bendir, gimbri, kamanjah, naqus]
:: Group Name :: Glaoua Orchestra
:: Setting :: al-Qasr al-Hamra (Red Palace)
:: Location :: Marrakech (Marrakech Medina), Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz (Morocco)
:: Culture :: Moroccan, Amazigh / Berber, High Atlas
:: Session :: Marrakech II 9/67
:: Date :: 09/01/1967-09/30/1967
:: Reference Information :: T2086.0, Track 2 (00:00:16)
:: Original Format :: Reel to Reel
:: Session Notes ::
1 - These varied songs and instrumentals were recorded in Marrakech?s Jama? al-Fna, a large public square where a variety of professional musicians gather (as well as acrobats, snake-charmers, monkey-handlers, fortunetellers, etc.) in order to solicit the attention and donations of the assembled crowds. Though the musical styles on offer in Jama? al-Fna are extremely diverse, Lomax focuses on the tradition of the itinerant Amazigh / Berber bard, or rais. The wandering rais serves as a roving mediator between village and metropolis in High Atlas Amazigh society, offering moral lessons, accounts of his travels, religious parables, or socio-political commentary. The rais' improvised poetry, usually sung in a call-and-response style, is known as amarg.
:: Recording Notes ::
0 - The name Glaoua refers to an Amazigh / Berber tribe of the High Atlas region in Southern Morocco. This is a troupe of Rwais (wandering Imazighen / Berber musicians) of the Glaoua tribe. Bendir: frame drum. Naqus: small brass cymbal. Kamanjah: bowed spike lute. Gimbri: large plucked lute.
0 - Group of 8 women, 3 men (accompanying orchestra) -Glaoua Orchestra, in the Ksar Harmana (sic) Red Palace.
:: Collection :: Morocco 1967

 

 

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