“This was recorded from a hilltop overlooking a part of the city of Tangier. El Fjer is the pre-dawn call, thus the recording mirrors the entire auditory panorama of the city in the act of
awakening. This, as well as including the sound of crickets, dogs, roosters and donkeys, unfortunately contains some less attractive noises, such as automobiles passing and boats in the Strait; and the racket of the constant east wind blowing.”
Source: Bowles, Paul F. "Tangier" from 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