Music Morocco Tours 2017
Moroccan Music tour Packages
Morocco, as an ancient Mediterranean culture, is known by its everlasting rituals and beliefs, poetically expressed in the daily life of its people. Music in Morocco is a reflective mirror to the secular and spiritual life of Moroccans; it is expressed in every occasion to reflect the thoughts and feelings universally known to be difficult to express otherwise.
Come learn about the first structured written music, known as the Andalusian music (old Muslim Spain), that gave birth in 13 and 14th centuries to Classical Western music and to the popular Flamenco and Fado in Spain and Portugal. This Morocco Music Tour Pacakge 2017 is a special way to celebrate with Local Moroccan the best of their spiritual and secular music while touring and exploring best vistas of Morocco.
Andalusian Music in Morocco
In addition to a rich heritage which has been conveyed to us in an oral tradition, we are also in possession of manuscripts, essays and documents related to the field of Andalusian Music. Actually these writings have been serious attempts at the explanation and expansion of Andalusian Music ideas and concepts. The interest is enormous either in Morocco or in other countries in the Eastern and Western hemisphere to proceed and review the works written about Al Tarab al Andalusi, and to pay homage and tribute to all the people who have served the interests of what should be a universal cultural heritage.
The establishment of a music school in Cordoba by a genius Moorish composer named Ali Ibn Nafi and known to the world of Music as Zeriab, has given birth to Andalusian Music. This school had trained a number of musicians able to perpetuate his art, namely his four sons and tow daughters, cantatrices and many others.
Today as this music has been revived globally, many people ask about the Andalusian Music or as we call it in Morocco Al Ala, and its terms to get a precise idea. Though it predates medieval and renaissance era, Andalusian Music is considered to be the first music composed and arranged in a classical context. Eminently to day, it integrates and adapts itself easily into the universal music; as it obeys its rules.
However the Adalusian Music possesses a special terminology; consequently we should not be surprised if these terms appear strange to us. They were established in the ninth and 13th century in Moorish Andalucia where this music has drained and forged its way by Moorish scholars and philosophers. The Andalusian music found its way to North Africa to localize itself finally in Morocco. Musicians traditionally concentrated their attention and took the trouble to learn the Andalucian Music by heart, this music of which they have always dreamed through auditions and repetitions.
Written by Dr. Hamid Mernissi
1- M'Shaila or Boghia
It is a melody considered as an entry into any rhythm. It is composed of M'shaila Major and M'shaila Minor. It is also called Boghia. The orchestra has the habit of following the said melody. The moment there is a virtuous trial to carry the melody to the spirit of the listener according to his musical capabilities.
It is one of the II melodies existing in the Andalousian music, "El Ala" performed at the choice of the orchestra.
3- Al Inshad
It is the fact that a singer sings certain poetic verses according to his sensations and inclinations.
4- Al Bitaine
It is the fact that a singer takes the initiative of singing in an individual way some verses without interruption, from the first verse to the last.
It is the performance of some verses considered as an interlude between on Sanaa and the other, or between two different rhythms.
6- Snaa Sbaaia
A Sanaa is a regular harmony (7 verses). As for the Sanaa Sbaia it its composed of a poem of 7 verses in which the first and the last are sung according to the same harmony. The other verses are performed differently. This is what is called El Korsi.
7- Snaa Khmassia
This is the recital of some poetic verses, (5 verses). in which the first three resemble each other in harmony.
8- Sanaa Tounaia
Two poetic verses which resemble one another (2 verses).
It is kind of poem performed according to a special harmony.
10- Tawashih Shoghl
It is another category of poem performed otherwise.
Jazal (popular poem sung in a particular interpretation).
12- Al Bassit
It is one of the measures of poetry that normally comes in the middle of a rhythm, El Koddam.
13- Al Motaqarib
It is also one of the metres of Arabic poetry. It normally comes at the end of a rhythm, El Koddam.
14- Tawashih Sebaa
Each Taouachi (singularly expresses an Andalousia musical melody.
15- Tawashih Al Fardia
This taouichia is performed without words, either at the beginning, middle or the end of the Sanaa
16- Andalusian Measures
The name given to a metre comprises 3 phrases.
A. 1- El Bassit B Tasdira: It is the opening. It distinguishes itself by a slow music. 2- El Kantra- It is a quick interlude that appears as a hyphen. 3- El Insiraf - It is the conclusion and is much quicker in rhythm that the previous two
B. El Kaim Oua Nisf: resembles the Bassit
C. El Btaihi: comparable to the Bassit
D. Dorj: It is composed only of a Tasdira and the Insiraf.
Samaa - Morocco Sufi Chants
This exclusively Sufi non instrumental, based on poems of all times in Esoteric Islam is known in Morocco by the Quadiri Boutchichi Tariqa, The Alalwiyya Tariqa, the Shadhuli Tariqa among many others. They all base their chants of sophisticated poems and praises on purely classical way of Andalusian music. Some time they allow a Reed Ney Flute, drums to accompany the lead singer .
Issaoua Spiritual Drummers (Issawa)
The Aissaoui Sufi Order slogan states: "Come to visit Moulay Al Hadi Sidi Ben Aissa., warrantor of his visitor's wishes." The adepts of this order use in both their private and public meetings the key phrase: "Allah is Eternal."
Hmadcha Sufi Drummers
Founded in the 18th century by Sidi Ali Ben Hamdouch a Sufi master who composed these unusual and broken rhythms of the Order Hamadcha. The chants are deeply rooted in the Moroccan mysticism with praises for the prophet Mohamed as a saver and the return to Allah for repentance.
Taqtouqa - Jajouka Morocco mountain Music
The Takatouka Jeblia includes music and dance accompanied by a variety of music instruments. These instruments generally include the tarr (tambourine), a three stringed guitar called the Souisdi, and the haunting sounds of a cedar wood reed instrument called the Ghaita, a type of Oboe.
Gnawa or Gnaoua Rituals African Music
The origin of Gnawa trance music has its roots in the African cultures of the Sahel and West Africa. It became popular in Morocco as ritualistic healing music during the 16th century, as the Saadian dynasty rule expanded deep into the south. The Gnawa trance music uses the drum and the Karkba cymbals accompany the body motions, which are similar to acrobatics. Additionally, it presents folkloric images without movement using the Hajhouj, and is based on sacred chants.
Berber Tagmout Music
The Tagmout is a form of Ahwach, literally meaning "circle dance." This seasonal and occasional Berber ritual is an expression of both togetherness and recognition of the forces of nature, performed as a form of celebration and thanksgiving.
Oughnia Morocco Folk Song
Moroccan history has witnessed the birth of the modern song, Al-Oughnia. This style has produced a variety of forms, as a result of popular competition. Although influenced by Egyptian music, the Moroccan song is able to preserve its beauty, originality and authenticity.
Malhoun Moroccan Music
It is based on the historical narration, which combines the uses of imagination and reality, rhetoric and artistic setting. The Malhoun Music is thought of as the richest form of Moroccan popular arts in quantity, quality, the beauty of its language, and appeal of its messages. In fact, Morocco is considered to be the most distinguished in this particular field; since Malhoun originated there, the best of it can only be heard in Morocco.
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