:: Title :: Interview with Wujma, the first rais
:: Genre :: interview, spoken
:: Performers & Instruments ::
Lomax, Alan [vocal]
Unidentified interpreter [vocal]
Wujma [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 13 (00:00:47)
:: 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 - Lomax asks the rais (musician) his name, where he is from, and what tribe he belongs to. Wujma, the rais, replies that he belongs to the Glaoua tribe.
:: Collection :: Morocco 1967

 

 

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