:: Title :: Kamanjah instrumental (fragment) with interpreter's commentary
:: Genre :: commentary, instrumental, spoken
:: Performers & Instruments ::
Unidentified interpreter [vocal]
Unidentified rais [kamanjah]
:: Setting :: Souq
:: Location :: Ourika Valley (El Haouz), Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz (Morocco)
:: Language :: English
:: Culture :: Moroccan, Amazigh / Berber, High Atlas
:: Session :: Ourika Valley 9/67
:: Date :: 09/01/1967-09/30/1967
:: Reference Information :: T2086.0, Track 21 (00:00:18)
:: 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 - Kamanjah instrumental by the same rais who performs on tracks 10 and 11. Alan Lomax?s interpreter comments that the Rais is also from the Glaoua tribe of Southern Moroccan Imazighen (Berbers).
:: Collection :: Morocco 1967

 

 

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