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Moroccan Music & Artists

The Music & Artists of Morocco
Wherever you travel in Morocco you are guaranteed to hear music. It is the basic expression of the country’s folk culture. Traditional Moroccan music is an important part of every day life, evident at every celebration and is most spectacular when it is seen live at births, marriages, funerals, religious gathering and festivals. Ancient Moroccan music can be found in the mountainous regions and is performed within Berber villages while in the cities there is a strong Arabic classical tradition, of songs and instrumental music brought by Arabs from the east and Andalusian Spain. Since the 1970’s Morocco has spawned indigenous pop (chabbi music), ranging from protest songs to dance music- sounds that you’ll hear blaring out of taxi radios, bus stations PA systems and in shops, cafes and restaurants. Visit any souk and you will find musicians playing and stalls blasting CD’s and cassettes of local music they have for sale. Festivals are the most rewarding as there is a wide variety of styles performed at them such as Berber, Gnawa, Jajouka, Chabbi, Griha, Moroccan Rap, Sephardic and Sufi.

 

BERBER MUSIC

Rolling Stones' guitarist Brian Jones brought this ancient tradition to the West.
 

GNAOUA DIFFUSION

A mystical music created by sufis popularized by The Gnaoua Festival in Essaouira.

MUSIC OF JAJOUKA

The Master Musicians of Jajouka are the royal musicians for the Kingdom of Morocco.

MOROCCAN CHABBI MUSIC

The rise of chabbi was a major revolution and is still an influence on Moroccan culture today.

ANDALUSIAN MUSIC

The Orchestra of Tangier is among the last living legends of Moroccan Andalusian music.

MOROCCAN RAP

Moroccan rap music is a musical style, related to rap and the culture of Hip hop.

NAJAT AATABOU

This socio-political singer is a star throughout the Maghreb and fills large venues in Europe. 

 

 

NASS EL GHIWANE

The Rolling Stones of Africa, this group became famous for their politicized lyrics.

SEPHARDIC MUSIC

Moroccan Jews left a legacy of medieval Spanish ballads when they emigrated to Israel.

SUFI MUSIC

Unique to Islam this religious music elicits a trancelike state which inspires mystical ecstasy.  

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