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Sunday, March 29, 2015

Moroccan Folk Music & Dance (sound file, videos, & comments)

Edited by Azizi Powell

This post showcases eight examples of Moroccan folk music and dancing. Most if not all of these examples are from Amazigh (Berber) culture.

Selected comments from these examples' viewer discussion threads are also included in this post. Some of these comments are followed by explanatory quotes from Wikipedia.

The content of this post is provided for cultural, entertainment, and aesthetic purposes.

Thanks to all those who are featured in these videos. Thanks also to all those who are quoted in this post, and thanks to the publishers of these examples video on YouTube.

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These examples are presented in chronological order based on their posting date on YouTube, with the oldest example given first.

Example #1:. lhaj belaid (otbib)



rachidon5 Uploaded on Jan 2, 2009

amarg lkdim
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Selected comments:
merhasfat, 2009
"top disc"

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Youssef Youcf, 2010
"Un homme exceptionnel dans l'histoire de souss"
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Google Translate from French to English:
"An exceptional man in the history of Souss"
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From http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sous
"The Sous or Souss (Berber: Tamazirt n Sus, Arabic بلاد السوس bilād as-Sūs) is a region in southern Morocco. Geologically, it is the alluvial basin of the Oued Sous (Asif n Sus), separated from the Sahara by the Anti-Atlas Mountains."...

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Brahim Benhim, 2010
"Attir7am rabbi. iwaliwn d'amarg nel ma3qol. Long Live Tamazirt."
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From http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Central_Atlas_Tamazight
"Tamazight [tæmæˈzɪɣt], [θæmæˈzɪɣθ]) is a Berber language[nb 1] of the Afro-Asiatic language family, spoken by 3 to 5 million people in the Atlas mountains of Central Morocco, as well as by smaller emigrant communities in France and elsewhere."...

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Example #2: Vidéo Maroc Marrakech découverte des danses traditionnelles ( oriental dance Marrakech Morocco )



Claude Aven Uploaded on May 27, 2010

...( english ) discovery of folk dances and Oriental in a former palace in the medina of Marrakech
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Notice from 1:16-2:13, a man dancing with a candle lit chandelier type fixture on his head.

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Example #3: Morocco children's dances Fas Turkey.



патриотом или предателем, Uploaded on Feb 14, 2011

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Example #4: old moroccan song



ganga mocro Uploaded on Mar 15, 2011
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Selected comments:
Cavani Blowfish, 2013
"what is this piece called? please answer"

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halmosandras, 2013
"it is called hamdoucha"

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rachid saber, 2015
"old Moroccan style"

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Example #5: Moroccan Dance Tamazight



TheAlgbadis Uploaded on Aug 23, 2011

this is a video showing a beautiful girl performing the moroccan amazigh dance , enjoy :)


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Example #6: dance berbere (tres bon duo)

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Chaîne de ahmede61 Uploaded on Nov 3, 2011

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Example #7: Traditional Berber Amazigh Folklore Music & Dance / (Maroc / Morocco) Part II



eMoroccan Published on Mar 15, 2012
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Quote about the word "Amazigh"
From http://www.journeybeyondtravel.com/news/morocco-travel/morocco-travel-berbers.html
"You are headed to the African nation of Morocco. Your Moroccan tour operator has told you about visiting Berber villages. You have heard all about the Berber craftsmen, their knowledge of the land, some of their indestructible history and maybe a bit more. Or perhaps you’ve never heard of them at all. Just who are these Berber people? A Moroccan pre-Arab culture has ruled unperturbed and unconquered for hundreds of years. Let’s take a look at this amazing people.

Morocco Berber History

Believe it or not, Berber history goes back to prehistoric times. They’ve been around for at least 4000 years or maybe more. Calling themselves Amazigh, the proud raiders, they fought against the Romans, Arab, and French invaders. Even though the Romans and others have tried to colonize the Berber people, they have managed to preserve their own language and culture and in reality were never beaten!"...

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Example #8: Moroccan Traditional Berber Music



brahim guidee, Published on Mar 4, 2014

http://bestofcrafts.blogspot.com

From the old folk pieces of the Berber mountain communities, to the Arab-Andalusian Moroccan musicof the cities, to the roots-fusion that you'll discover blaring from taxi radios and café ghetto blasters, Moroccan music is the supreme expression of Morocco's culture.

Morocco is a potent land in terms of musical abilities and production. All around the land you will all of the time ear Moroccan musicon the streets, taxis, buses, restaurants, and even people singing or playing drums on the streets. Generally speaking, Moroccans are quite active in terms of musicality and dance. Moroccan music features two different ambiances given both by Arabic music and also Berber music.

There are many genres of Moroccan music. It includes Arab, Berber, classical, and popular elements. Musicians perform in concerts, in cafes, at private homes, ceremonies, marriages, funerals, and religious processions. It is also used to accompany dancing and storytelling.

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