:: Title :: Interview with the third rais
:: Genre :: interview, spoken
:: Performers & Instruments ::
Lomax, Alan [vocal]
Unidentified interpreter [vocal]
Unidentified rais [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 24 (00:01:19)
:: 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 - Alan Lomax asks the rais his age and tribal affiliation (Glaoua). The rais explains that he learned music through an apprenticeship to Moulay ?Ali, an elder rais in the medina (medieval walled city) of Marrakech.
:: Collection :: Morocco 1967

 

 

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