Errachidia 9/67

September 1, 1967 to September 30, 1967
Errachidia, Meknès-Tafilalet, Morocco
Recordings of ambience and speech from the market of Errachidia, known at the time of the recordings as Ksar Es-Souq. Alan Lomax visits the souq (marketplace) at Ksar es-Souq, a town in the Saharan region of southeastern Morocco. This town is now known as Errachidia. Lomax records ambient sounds of the bustling souq and interviews an elderly Jewish man. Morocco once had a large and vibrant Jewish community, though most left for Israel or France during the middle of the 20th Century. Morocco’s Jewish community spoke their own distinct variety of Arabic, Judeo-Moroccan, which is currently considered by many to be an endangered language.
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