:: Title :: Conversation/ bargaining
:: Genre :: conversation, spoken
:: Performers & Instruments ::
Unidentified men [vocal]
:: Setting :: Souq
:: Location :: Ourika Valley (El Haouz), Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz (Morocco)
:: Language :: Tachelhit
:: Culture :: Moroccan, Amazigh / Berber, High Atlas
:: Session :: Ourika Valley 9/67
:: Date :: 09/01/1967-09/30/1967
:: Reference Information :: T2086.0, Track 11 (00:00:39)
:: Original Format :: Reel to Reel
:: Session Notes ::
1 - Recorded at a large souq (marketplace) in the Ourika Valley, southeast of Marrakesh. Conversations and bargaining, followed by a selection of minstrel songs representing the tradition of the itinerant Amazigh bard, or rais. The rais traditionally acts as a mediator between village and metropolis in High Atlas society, and his amarg (improvised verses) often draw upon social, religious, and political commentary, as well as witty and humorous anecdotes and tales of his travels.
:: Recording Notes ::
0 - At the beginning of the recording, the speaker is counting or bargaining, using names for numbers borrowed from Arabic rather than their Tachelhit counterparts. See The Typology of Number Borrowing in Berber, Lameen Souag, SOAS, Oxford UK 2007.
:: Collection :: Morocco 1967

 

 

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