Performers: Embarek ben Mohammed, self-accompanied on guinbri
Recorded by Paul Bowles
At Marrakech, Morocco
November 1, 1959
These qsidas are based on secular subject matter; the music is less formal and hierarchic than in the two recorded by Embarek ben Mohammed on reel no. 33B. The examples of solo guinbri are quite worthless; however, I left them rather than erasing them. He was warming up for his Dance for Guinbri Solo (No. 4). The Aaita Marrakchiya always has two separate misanes; the transition is abrupt and without warning. The careful listener to no. 6, (Mellaliya) will hear that the melody is identical to that of El Aarabiya (no.1 of Reel 17B).
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.