Performers: Embarek ben Mohammed (self-accompanied on guinbri)
Recorded by Paul Bowles at Marrakech, Morocco
November 1, 1959
"This was another singer I found in the Djemaa el Fna one day, lost subsequently, and discovered again only after several days of searching there at different hours. He explained that he performed only early in the afternoon, because the arrival of the larger groups and the subsequent crowds that collected made it impossible for himvto be heard. He was a vocalist par excellence, trained in the classical qsida, of which these two are examples. It is not a popular genre these days, which doubtless also explains his inability to yie with the other performers in the square·. The first qsida describes the birth of the Prophet Mohammed, how he refused to drink his mother's milk and was taken in by Halima and brought up by her."
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.