Wedding Songs and Ululation

Posted in Music, Religion with tags on February 17, 2008 by Sarah Kate Kramer

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Moroccan weddings are musical (shwiya deafening) events. These recordings are from two weddings that were recently in the Fes Medina.

A song sung by a professional band that was hired for the event:

Spontaneous ululation by female guests, a common practice at Moroccan weddings:

Men–guests–singing, while waiting for dinner to be served:

Eid takbirat

Posted in Prayers, Religion with tags on January 24, 2008 by Sarah Kate Kramer

On the morning of Eid al Adha, this “chant” is sung inside of mosques as people await the Eid prayer. It is sung only during the Eid days and sometimes at funerals. It consists of a repeated refrain of ” Allah (God), How Perfect is God, All Praise is for God, There is no might or power except by God.”

Two songs recorded at what we believe to have been at a party celebrating the birth of a baby

Posted in Music, Religion with tags on January 21, 2008 by Sarah Kate Kramer

These songs were heard from an apartment next door to the party–the celebrations were so boisterous that they came through loud and clear.

1. A group singing madih, which are songs extolling the virtues of the Prophet Muhammad. This madih includes the line: “what are you but the best of creation?

2. A song in which the singer is giving “shout outs” to people attending the party.

Dawn Call to Prayer

Posted in Prayers with tags on January 21, 2008 by Sarah Kate Kramer

The first adhan, (call to prayer) of the day, which has an additional line:  “As-salātu khayru min an-naūm”  (“Prayer is better than sleep.”)

Beggar calling “Allah”

Posted in Prayers, Religion, Street Sounds with tags on January 16, 2008 by Sarah Kate Kramer

This recording was actually made in Marrakesh, not Fes. A blind beggar is walking down the street calling out one word repeatedly: “Allah.”

Kids singing French and Arabic Songs on Eid

Posted in Music with tags on January 14, 2008 by Sarah Kate Kramer

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The Fes Tanneries

Posted in Work with tags on January 12, 2008 by Sarah Kate Kramer

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Working in the Fes Tanneries has been classified as one of the most difficult and dangerous jobs in the world.

Three minutes in the public oven

Posted in Daily Life, Work with tags , , , on December 20, 2007 by Sarah Kate Kramer

Traditional Moroccan homes do not have individual ovens, instead, for centuries people have taken their kneaded dough to communal ovens that are located in each neighborhood. Nowadays many families in Fes do have their own small ovens, but most Moroccans still prefer the taste of bread looked after by the neighborhood baker. Public ovens are busy spaces–in this recording you hear the sound of bread being shoveled in and out of the fire, tossed into a pile, prices shouted out, and of course greetings as people pass through to drop off dough and buy bread.

Walk in Fes Jdid

Posted in Daily Life, Street Sounds, Work with tags , on December 17, 2007 by Sarah Kate Kramer

fes-jdid.jpgA walk down the main thoroughfare in Fes Jdid, from Bab al-Makina all the way to Bab Semarrine. It is filled with merchants selling food, clothing, rugs, scarfs, toiletries, shoes, upholstery fabric,- you name it. In this recording you hear a cacophony of people yelling out prices, people greeting each other, shop music, and bits of conversations.

The Announcement of Eid al Fitr (“little eid”)

Posted in Ramadan, Religion with tags , , on December 17, 2007 by Sarah Kate Kramer

Eid al Fitr is the celebration at the end of Ramadan. Celebratory horn-blowing punctuates the nights of Ramadan, and on the morning of Eid al Fitr we were awakened by this horn and a knock on the door.

Metal Worker in the Medina

Posted in Daily Life, Street Sounds, Work with tags , , , , on December 17, 2007 by Sarah Kate Kramer

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Group Supplication

Posted in Prayers, Ramadan, Religion with tags , , , , on December 17, 2007 by Sarah Kate Kramer

Every night in Ramadan after Tarawih prayers in mosques across Morocco, congregations recite this group supplication. It begins with “Praise to God who has guided us,” and goes on to beseech God to strengthen and maintain their faith, and ends by asking God to bless the Prophet Muhammad.

Man collecting old bread from houses in the medina

Posted in Daily Life, Street Sounds, Work with tags , , , on December 17, 2007 by Sarah Kate Kramer

Every morning this man walks through the BatHa neighborhood of the old medina calling out for people to please give him their old Khoubz (bread). Food is rarely wasted here–this bread will be set out in in the sun and then, and then recycled into other animal feed.

Hooooooot!

Posted in Daily Life, Street Sounds, Work with tags , , , , on December 16, 2007 by Sarah Kate Kramer

Morocco is a place where you can be buy things cheap, fresh, and close to home. The man here is riding a bike through a residential neighborhood and selling fresh sardines from a crate. He repeats the words, “Hoot, Dines” (Fish-Sardines) over and over as he pedals slowly waiting for someone to come outside and buy a kilo or two for lunch.

Man reciting Qur’an for neighbors after a family fight

Posted in Daily Life, Prayers, Ramadan, Religion with tags on December 16, 2007 by Sarah Kate Kramer

The day after a family argument, in the spirit of reconciliation, a Qur’an reciter was brought into this home to recite verses relating to good relations, appropriate behavior, and forgiveness.

Kids Playing Parachute with Plastic Bags

Posted in Daily Life, Street Sounds with tags , , , , on December 10, 2007 by Sarah Kate Kramer

In an inner courtyard in the medina, four boys have tied toy figures to black plastic bags and are playing parachute.

Tahleel in Fes Jdid

Posted in Prayers, Ramadan, Religion with tags on December 10, 2007 by Sarah Kate Kramer

About half an hour before the dawn call to prayer (adhaan), the muezzin recites phrases that glorify God and praise the Prophet Muhammad, such as

” There is nothing worthy of worship but God,”

“Oh God, Bless our beloved Muhammad,” and

” There is no power or strength except by God.”

This tahleel was recited daily during the month of Ramadan in Fes Jdid. It signified the approaching dawn and marked the last chance to eat or drink before the fast began at the Call to Prayer.

Adhan for Sunset Prayer

Posted in Prayers, Ramadan, Religion with tags on December 8, 2007 by Sarah Kate Kramer

Adhaan (call to prayer) for the Sunset Prayer during Ramadan.