:: Title :: Blind beggar's call
:: Genre :: begging song, prayer
:: Performers & Instruments ::
Unidentified man [vocal]
:: Setting :: Fes al-Bali
:: Location :: Fes (Fès-Dar-Dbibegh), Fès-Boulemane (Morocco)
:: Language :: Arabic, Standard
:: Culture :: Moroccan, Arab, Fes
:: Session :: Fes VI 9/67
:: Date :: 09/28/1967
:: Reference Information :: T3005.0, Track 1 (00:00:49)
:: Original Format :: Reel to Reel
:: Session Notes ::
1 - A varied series of recordings from the medieval walled city (Fes al-Bali) on the third day of the Moussem of Moulay Idriss. First, a group of coppersmiths practicing their trade, then the festivities of the Moussem with accompanying religious songs and celebratory music.
:: Recording Notes ::
0 - A beggar cries out: "la ilaha ila allah" (There is no God but God). It is common in Morocco for beggars to demonstrate their piety in order to inspire pity in bystanders and encourage generosity towards themselves, as it is a Muslim's duty to practice charity towards others in need.
0 - Blind beggar sitting on a door sill in the Fez souk.
:: Collection :: Morocco 1967

 

 

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