Note: This is a portion of the adhan (call to prayer) which is recited from the minarets of mosques across the Islamic world: “ashadu anna muhammadan rasulallah (I testify that Muhammad is the Messenger of God) / haya ‘ala assalah (Come to prayer).”
About the session: Recorded at a large souq (marketplace) in the Ourika Valley, southeast of Marrakesh. Conversations and bargaining, followed by a selection of minstrel songs representing the tradition of the itinerant Amazigh bard, or rais. The rais traditionally acts as a mediator between village and metropolis in High Atlas society, and his amarg (improvised verses) often draw upon social, religious, and political commentary, as well as witty and humorous anecdotes and tales of his travels.
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