"These people were. loath to take the time out to make a recording for us, because they. were on their way to play at a wedding. The prospect of extra money, however, won them over. There were 12 men in the group, eight of whom, curiously enough, were present for the. sole purpose of firing off rounds of ammunition from their rifles. When I inquired beforehand what the composition of the ensemble was to be, the katib of the Governor informed me that. the groups here consisted of rhaitas, tbola and rifles, so that it can be said that the rifles form an integral part of the band, which would not be considered complete without them. Thus we had: two rhaitas, two tbola and eight rifles. While they were playing the. music recorded here, a spokesman for them informed us that the rifles would not be playing along with. the other instruments; this was a hint that the renumeration. agreed upon earlier should be increased if we desired the entire complement of performers. We did not react to this information, the rifleman performed anyway, three times during the piece.
The music is a medley. of popular Moroccan tunes the first of which is Mili Mchiti Sidi, a song composed at the time of the Sultan's returned from exile in Madagascar. (Mohamed Fouitah, composer)"
Bowles, Paul F. "Taza." in Folk, Popular, and Art Music of Morocco. The Paul Bowles Moroccan Music Collection. Washington, DC: American Folklife Center, Library of Congress, 1959-1962.
The Paul Bowles Moroccan Music Collection (AFC 1960/001), American Folklife Center, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C., Courtesy of the Paul Bowles Estate and Irene Hermann / Tangier American Legation Institute for Moroccan Studies