Note: A group of men from the town of Ouezzane in the Rif Mountains north of Fes, which is renowned as a spiritual center for Moroccan Sufism. The musicians are probably members of the local Tariqa Wazzaniya, founded in the 11th Century by Moulay Abdallah Sherif al-Wazzani, who -like Moulay Idriss -traced his ancestry back to the Prophet Muhammad.
About the session: More recordings from the moussem of Moulay Idriss in Fes. This session comprises mostly religious folk songs and music of Sufi orders (ar. turuq, sing: tariqa). The tradition of celebration and veneration of holy men (ar. auliya') such as Moulay Idriss stems from Sufism, the mystical strand of Islamic belief, and several turuq incorporate music into their ritual practice, including the Hamadcha and 'Aissaouia orders.
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