Note: The Imazighen (Berbers) of the Sous region have a reputation throughout Morocco as merchants and shop-keepers, hence their presence in Fes (a historically Arab city) in such large numbers. Lomax note: "The form of the dance is essentially that of the "gran houach" (ed. Note -the larger, communal form of ahwash dance) which we recorded in the High Atlas except that here only men are involved. (ed. Note- Ahwash varies from village to village)."
About the session: Recordings of the local variant of ahwash music and dance from the Sous region. The Sous, a fertile area with its own distinct brand of Amazigh culture, is a Tachelhit-speaking region comprising the Sous river valley and flood plain in Southwestern Morocco, including the cities of Agadir, Inezgane and Taroudant. This performance was given in Fes, in conjunction with the Moussem of Moulay Idriss. Made at a gathering of the Confrerie of the Sous merchants of Fes in honor of Moulay Idriss. In the huge open inner courtyard of the S— family about 7 or 8 hundred people. 50 men in a circle, four with frame drums. A kettle drummer in the center and dance leader with frame drum in center.
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