Music is integral to daily and ritual life in Morocco, both for enjoyment and social commentary. It emanates from homes, stores, markets, and public squares everywhere. Joujaka music is perhaps the best known, but every region has its own sound. In the Rif you hear men singing and singing accompanied by guitar and high-pitched women’s choruses; In Casablanca, rai (opinion) music, born of social protest, keeps young men on the streets; Cobblers in the Meknes medina may work to the sound of violin-based Andalusian classical music or the more folksy Arabic melhoun, or “sung poetry”. You know you have reached the south when you hear the banjo strum of Marrakesh’s roving storytellers. Gnaoua music is best known for its use in trance rituals is known for its use in trance rituals but it becomes a popular form of street entertainment; The performer’s brass qraqeb hand cymbals and cowrie-shell-adorned hats betray the music’s sub-Saharan origins. Moroccan beats. This is a very popular music scene. Morocco’s music festivals are growing every year in size, quality, and recognition.
post-title The musique of Morocco