AKALAL

CONTEXT

Map of the DRÂA Valley

The Draoua people of southern Morocco are in fact a group of multiple ethnic tribes, who over the course of several centuries, have adopted the term “Draoua” to refer to the fact that they were the first to inhabit the oasis. The Draoua people of the Fezouata Oasis, inhabiting Ksar Timig, perform Akalal music, which is itself a combination of several styles of music. First, there is Def music, performed with a handheld tara and tareja, and the accompaniment of up to 30 musicians clapping along to the rhythm. Second, there is Siyf music, a sonic landscape in and of itself, featuring the handheld def, tara, the wielding of swords (siyouf), and a flute accompaniment.

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Map of the M'HAMID EL GHIZLANE OASIS
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The Music

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Song 3
AKALAL Song 3
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Song 4
AKALAL Song 4
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Song 5
AKALAL Song 5

History of AKALAL

Akalal musician Sheikh Ali introducing Akalal music

The production of traditional Akalal drum Def

MUSICIANS

Music & Lyrics

Lyrics

Let us start with the name of almighty God; the generous and vigilant God

In the name of the one the who never sleeps and keep vigilant

All that which I erased and rewrote

We will be witness to our destiny 

Many thanks and praise to our prophet Mohamed as the number of:

All that my eyes have seen (chorus)

The thousands of hairs on a dromedary

The palm trees and their branches 

Pray again and again 

Many thanks and praise to our prophet Mohamed as the number of:

All that my eyes have seen

Commençons avec le nom du dieu généreux et veillant  

Je commence au nom de celui qui ne s’endorme jamais et reste éveillé

Tous ce dont j’ai effacé et réécris 

Nous verrons ce que le destin nous réserve

Prières et salut sur le prophète Mohamed au nombre : 

de tous ce que j’ai vu de mes propres yeux

des millier de poils de dromadaire

des palmier et leurs branches

Priez encore et encore….

Prières et salut sur le prophète Mohamed au nombre : 

de tous ce que j’ai vu de mes propres yeux

Spaces

Ksar Timtig

Ksar Timtig, itself broken up into several sections and holding several ethnic groups, has stood in the Fezouata Oasis for centuries, and stands as a model of the southern Draa Valley, where several ethnic tribal groups, cultures, and languages coexist in peace and tolerance. 

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