3A. Moha ben Driss and Ensemble. (El Hajeb, Middle Atlas, Beni Mitr Tribe) Amimmi
Recorded in Aïn
Diab, Morocco on August 1, 1959 by Paul Bowles
antiphonal nature of this piece is difficult to hear, since
sing the same notes in the same register.
The Ain ed Diab
two excessively hot sultry days, and the tent in which they took place,
although open to
was low-ceiling and made of a heavy, soft material, so that the air inside was
stifling. Both spectators and performers
were crowded tightly together among divans and piles of cushions, and there
the strenuous dancing which took place.
Blocking the entrance was an unmoving mob trying to peer into the tent . Perhaps because of
all t his, my
general impression of the sessions was that everything would have been better if
been a little air
breathe. The music itself seem to
muffled and lifeless sonority, an impression I cannot guarantee, of course, to
be entirely objective."
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