“In August the time of the Fjer is from about four A.M. to 4:25 A.M, whereas in June, which is when number 3 was recorded, it occurs an hour earlier.
The song of the funeral procession was recorded at some distance in mid- afternoon . The body was being carried from Ain el Hayani across the fields to Bou Araqia, which is where the cemetery is. The melody is always the same; the tempo is surprisingly fast, being an accompaniment to the footsteps of those carrying the corpse, and the men go as quickly as they can.”
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