:: Title :: Moulay al-Hassan, Sahib ul-Jalalah (His Majesty, Noble Hassan)
:: Genre :: patriotic song, song of praise
:: Performers & Instruments ::
ben Larbi, Tahar [vocal]
Unidentified [bendir, clapping, darbaka, nay, vocal]
:: Group Name :: Troupe of Monsieur Abderrahmane ben Mohamed
:: Setting :: A wedding
:: Location :: Erfoud (Errachidia), Meknčs-Tafilalet (Morocco)
:: Language :: Arabic, Moroccan Spoken
:: Culture :: Moroccan, Arab, Saharan
:: Session :: Erfoud II 9/67
:: Date :: 09/17/1967
:: Reference Information :: T2092.0, Track 3 (00:12:20)
:: Original Format :: Reel to Reel
:: Session Notes ::
1 - At the wedding in Erfoud on September 17th, 1967, Alan Lomax recorded songs by the troupe of Monsieur Abderrahmane ben Mohamed, featuring lead vocals from Tahar ben Larbi. Most of the songs are in praise of King Hassan II (1929-1999). The Tafilalet region, in which Erfoud is situated, is the ancient seat of Morocco?s current ruling family, the Alaouite Dynasty, who made their first capital at the now-vanished city of Sijilmassa in this region. The Tafilalet area remains a bastion of support for the monarchy, as evidenced by the laudatory sentiments expressed in these songs.
:: Recording Notes ::
0 - This song praises King Hassan II (1929-1999). The music is dominated by the nay (reed flute), polyrhythm, call-and-response singing, and hand-claps (beginning around 00:05:25). Mohamed ben Abderrahmane takes over lead vocals from 00:06:11 to 00:06:30.
:: Collection :: Morocco 1967



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