Performers: Maalem Abdeslam Sarsri el Mahet Arzila and Ensemble
Recorded by Paul Bowles.
At Arcila, Morocco.
August 27, 1959.
"The Berbers of Morocco have a propensity to place the vocal range of a piece somewhere around an octave higher than the register which would appear to be comfortable for their voices. The resulting muscular strain is both audible, in their efforts to reach the high notes, and visible, in the agonized expressions on their faces, (much as Flamenco singers are obliged to make strenuous grimaces while singing.)
The 5/16 plus 4/16 meter is a common one in Djebala music.”
Bowles, Paul F. "Arcila." 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