Erfoud 9/67

A collection of wedding music and festivities recorded in the southeastern town of Erfoud on the edge of the Sahara Desert. The wedding took place on September 17th, 1967. The lead instrument on these recordings is ghaita (oboe) with three percussion instruments (bendir, darbaka and kettle drum) forming the rhythm section. The names of the musicians are as follows : Abderrahmane ben Mohamed, his sons Mohamed and Abdelkader ben Abderrahmane, Ahmed Benjilali, and Mohamed ben Lakhlifa—all residents of Erfoud. At the wedding in Erfoud on September 17th, 1967, Alan Lomax recorded songs by the troupe of Monsieur Abderrahmane ben Mohamed, featuring lead vocals from Tahar ben Larbi. Most of the songs are in praise of King Hassan II (1929–1999). The Tafilalet region, in which Erfoud is situated, is the ancient seat of Morocco’s current ruling family, the Alaouite Dynasty, who made their first capital at the now-vanished city of Sijilmassa in this region. The Tafilalet area remains a bastion of support for the monarchy, as evidenced by the laudatory sentiments expressed in these songs.

Wedding music

Music for bringing the wedding presents


Wedding music (I)

Aish al-Malik (Long Live The King)

Commentary by Alan Lomax and unidentified interpreter on the wedding ceremony

Commentary by Alan Lomax on the wedding ceremony

Wedding music (II)

Wedding music with Lomax's commentary on the bridal party

Wedding music (III)

The bride's entrance with commentary by Lomax and interpreter

Music for the bridal procession

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