:: Title :: Madh ar-Rasul (Praise to the Messenger)
:: Genre :: amdah nabawiya, malhun, religious song, song of praise
:: Performers & Instruments ::
Bouzoubaa, Mohamed [vocal]
Unidentified ['oud, bendir, darbaka, horn, naqus, violin]
:: Group Name :: Fes Malhun Orchestra
:: Setting :: Unspecified
:: Location :: Fes (Fès-Dar-Dbibegh), Fès-Boulemane (Morocco)
:: Language :: Arabic, Moroccan Spoken
:: Culture :: Moroccan, Arab, Arabo-Andalusian
:: Session :: Fes II 9/67
:: Date :: 09/27/1967
:: Reference Information :: T2099.0, Track 4 (00:07:14)
:: Original Format :: Reel to Reel
:: Session Notes ::
1 - Recordings of amdah nabawiya (praises of the Prophet) from the Moulay Idriss Festival (moussem) in Fes, featuring the folkloric orchestra directed by al-Haj Mohamed Bouzoubaa, a master of the malhun song form. Malhun (from the arabic 'set to music') refers both to a strophic song form developed from classical Arabo-andalusian music and to the vernacular poetry from which the song's lyrics are drawn. There is a long tradition of poetry and song in Moroccan Spoken Arabic (darija) -one of its foremost proponents was Abderrahman al-Majdub (d. 1568), whose mystical couplets remain popular in Morocco. Malhun is thus the distinctly Moroccan, vernacular expression of the classical Arabo-andalusian patrimony. [Source: Editor]
2 - Alan Lomax: "The folklore orchestra of Radio Fes, 1 violin, 2 lutes, 6 or 7 hand-drums, 2 or 3 little hourglass drums, a brass rod and a brass [?]." [Source: Tape notes]
:: Recording Notes ::
0 - An excellent, though incomplete, sample of amdah nabawiya performed by the eminent singer and orchestra-leader al-Haj Mohamed Bouzoubaa of Fes. Bouzoubaa was then in his second year as head of the Fes Malhun Orchestra.
:: Collection :: Morocco 1967



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