Note: Alan Lomax note: Group of Glaoua tribesmen in the next room – stories – then they give texts of songs they gave the evening before [editor’s note – in Tachelhit, starts at 00:00:34]: “If I didn’t like you, I wouldn’t tell you these words. They come from my heart.” – All the men are satirizing each other in verses, (editor’s note – starts at 00:02:17) it may take three hours to finish, the great pleasure in the exchange between singers.
About the session: This session includes conversations and interviews with the male villagers of Aguelmouss, as well as two examples of Qur’anic recitation. It is interesting to note that each Surah (Chapter) recited by the villagers is somehow related to agriculture –though it is unclear whether many of the Tachelhit-speaking villagers would fully understand the meaning of the Standard Arabic text. This is followed by a devotional song in Tachelhit (with heavy linguistic borrowing from Arabic due to the religious nature of the song) and a demonstration of donkey-driving yells.
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