Aita (1987) is named after the song stylings of the Cheikhate (traveling musicians in Morroco). The film pays tribute to the the late Fatna Bent El Hocine, and a festival called the "Moussem of Moulay Abdellah Ameghar," which is shuge pilgrimage site (more than 500,000 Moroccan visitors will travel there each year in order to pay homage to, in memory of, the Sufi saint of Doukalas, Abu Abdallah Mohammed Lmahasin Amghar (about 1060), f...Read More
World Music Library: Morocco
Cantiques brodés (English: Embroidered Canticles) was released in 1989, focusing on the rare meeting of two masters of Arab-Andalusian music in Paris: Rabbi Haim Louk and master Abdelsadek Chekara. The film talks about their common musical heritage, inherited from the Andalusian region of Morocco, and the "enterwined" embroidered tapestry (illustrating the tradition of "matrouz) that represents the historical relationship between Moro...Read More
Gnaousas, from 1993, documents the relationship between Black Africa and Morocco itself, a historical and musical story that tells of the people of Gnawa arriving in the fifteenth century as slaves, bringing with them the drum beats of Western Sudan and forming a brotherhood with indigenous peoples of Morocco which includes the practice of rituals of demonic possession and exorcism, with dancers falling into trances in ceremonies acco...Read More
The holy city of Moulay Ildriss Zayhoun is the destination of one of the most important pilgrammages. Religious brotherhoods of pilgrims gather from all over Morocco to commemorate the holy memory of Moulay Idriss the first.
Malhoune is word that roughly translated into English means "dialect poetry sung" -- and the undisputed master of the Malhoune is Hajj Houceine Toulati, who is featured in this film which delves deep in the ancient language and tradition of the genre itself.
Nuptials en Moyen-Atlas shows musicians from two tribes from the Middle Atlas region of Morocco, around Khénifra — the Zayane and Ichiker — who come together to perform at the wedding of Asli and Taslit, the groom and his bride, in a very mythical nuptial ceremony which features dancers representing both Heaven and Earth, heroes of the myth. The wedding is held in Berber tents.
Rythmes de Marrakech documented performances by the drummers of deqqa in Marrakesh, led by the mythical "Baba," women percussionists called Houara, the musicians of aita and mwazniya, violinists, dancers and more.
Tambours Battant from 1999 features Izza Génini's personal recollections about her own childhood in Casablanca, and remembering the drums she heard beating that were a part of her mysterious world in her early life.