Tape 2A. Rhaitas and tbola (singular tbel) from the region of the Chaouia
Recorded in Aïn
Diab, Morocco on August 1, 1959 by Paul Bowles
the recordings made at Ain ed Diab were done under the difficulties
inherent in trying to isolate one of dozens of groups performing
simultaneously. The occasion was an amara
enormous outdoor festival where there were more than 700 musicians and about
30,000 spectators. This particular sequence was recorded from a distance of
about 100 feet. It was impossible to get any nearer the group of performers
because of restrictions imposed by the authorities.
Source: Bowles, Paul F. "Ain ed Diab." 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