:: Title :: Hamadcha's dance (I)
:: Genre :: dance tune, instrumental, Sufi music, trance
:: Performers & Instruments ::
Unidentified [darbaka, ghaita]
:: Group Name :: Tariqa Hamdushia, Fes
:: Setting :: The tomb of Moulay Idriss
:: Location :: Fes (Fès-Dar-Dbibegh), Fès-Boulemane (Morocco)
:: Culture :: Moroccan, Arab, Fes
:: Session :: Fes III 9/67
:: Date :: 9/27/1967
:: Reference Information :: T3000.0, Track 9 (00:06:21)
:: Original Format :: Reel to Reel
:: Session Notes ::
1 - More recordings from the moussem of Moulay Idriss in Fes. This session comprises mostly religious folk songs and music of Sufi orders (ar. turuq, sing: tariqa). The tradition of celebration and veneration of holy men (ar. auliya') such as Moulay Idriss stems from Sufism, the mystical strand of Islamic belief, and several turuq incorporate music into their ritual practice, including the Hamadcha and 'Aissaouia orders.
:: Recording Notes ::
0 - An example of the spiritual trance music of the Hamadcha Sufi Tariqa (order), founded by Ali ibn Hamdoush in the 17th century. The Hamadcha practice a form of ecstatic dhikr (remembrance of God) which includes music, dance, and a trance ritual of possession. When the Hamadcha are 'possessed' -that is, spiritually charged with the energy of God's baraka (blessing) -they purportedly perform miraculous feats, some of which are described by Alan Lomax in the Original Note for this track.
0 - 3 red hourglass drums carried on shoulders (ed. Note- darbaka), 2 oboes (ed. Note- Ghaita), hysterical dance. These people eat fire, cut their heads -and their chief then cures them with passing of hands.
:: Collection :: Morocco 1967



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