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A beautiful box set presenting 4 CDs that author and musicologist Paul Bowles recorded in 1959 of Moroccan, Algerian and North African music, with a 120 page leatherette book of liner notes by Philip Schuyler, field notes by Paul Bowles, and an introduction by Lee Ranaldo.

Bowles, Paul
Music of Morocco: Recorded by Paul Bowles, 1959 [4CD & BOOK + DOWNLOAD]

Bowles, Paul: Music of Morocco: Recorded by Paul Bowles, 1959 [4CD & BOOK + DOWNLOAD] (Dust-to-Digital)

Label: Dust-to-Digital    
Released in: USA    

"From July to December 1959, Paul Bowles crisscrossed Morocco making recordings of traditional music under the auspices of the Library of Congress. Although the trip occupied less than six months in a long and busy career, it was the culmination of Bowles's longstanding interest in North African music. The resulting collection remained a musical touchstone for the rest of his life and an important part of his mythology. "The pieces with the greatest, and those with the smallest amount, of Arabic influence, are both to be found, strangely enough, in the same country: Morocco. This region's contact with Europe has been that of conqueror: in its decline it has been comparatively unmolested by industrial Europe. By virtue of this, also because it once had colonies in Mauritania and Senegal, and thus has a fair amount of admixture of Negro culture, it is richer in musical variety and interest than Algeria and Tunisia. In the latter countries there is plenty of music, but in Moroccomusic is inescapable."-Paul Bowles

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Product Information:

UPC: 880226004620

Label: Dust-to-Digital
Catalog ID: DTD 046CD
Squidco Product Code: 21853

Format: BOX SET
Condition: New
Released: 2016
Country: USA
Packaging: Silkscreened cigar box
Recorded in Morocco from July to December 1959 by Paul Bowles.


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Disc 1: Highlands - The Berbers Part 1

1. Maallem Ahmed and ensemble – Ahmeilou (Tafraout)

2. Rais Ahmed ben Bakrim – El Baz Ouichen Song for Male Voice (Tiznit)

3. Moqaddem Mohammed ben Salem and ensemble – Third Sqel (Zagora)

4. Moqaddem Mohammed ben Salem and ensemble – Second Aqlal (Zagora)

5. Chikh Ayyad ou Haddou and ensemble – Ouakha dial Kheir Women’s Chorus (Tahala)

6. Chikh Ayyad ou Haddou and ensemble – Aili ya Mali Mixed Chorus (Tahala)

7. Maallem Ahmed and ensemble – Aouache Men’s Chorus (Tafraout)

Disc 2: Highlands - The Berbers Part 2

1. Rais Mahamad ben Mohammed and ensemble – Aouada Trio (Tamanar)

2. Rais Mahamad ben Mohammed and ensemble – Chorus and Dance (Tamanar)

3. Chikh Hamed bel Hadj Hamadi ben Allal and ensemble – Reh dial Beni Bouhiya Qsbah Solo (Segangan)

4. Various – Sounds of General Rejoicing (Ait Ourir)

5. Maallem Ahmed Gacha andensemble – Albazaoua Women’s Chorus (Ait Ourir)

6. Chikha Fatoma bent Kaddour – Mouwal and Izlan (Ain Diab)

7. Cheikha Haddouj bent Fatma Rohou and ensemble – Qim Rhori (Khenifra)

8. Mohammed bel Hassan and ensemble – Qsida dial Malik (Ait Mohammed) Disc 3: Lowlands - Influent Strains Part 1

1. El Ferqa dial Guedra (Bechara) – Ounalou Biha Rajao Male Solo with Women’s Chorus (Goulimine)

2. Maalem Abdeslam Sarsi el Mahet – Aiyowa d’Moulay Abdeslam Rhaita Solo (Arcila)

3. Sadiq ben Mohammed Laghzaoui Morsan and ensemble – Rhaitas and Tbola (Einzoren)

4. Embarek ben Mohammed – Mellaliya Song for Male Voice (Marrakech)

5. Maalem Mohammed Rhiata and ensemble, from the region of Taounate – Taqtoqa Jabaliya (Fez)

6. An unidentified ensemble – Gnaoua Chorus (Essaouira)

7. Si Mohammed Bel Hassan Soudani – Gnaoui Solo Song (Marrakech)

8. Si Mohammed Bel Hassan Soudani – Fulani Iresa(Marrakech)

9. Maallem Taieb ben Mbarek and chikhats – Hadouk Khail (Marrakech)

Disc 4: Lowlands - Influent Strains Part 2

1. Hazan Isaac Ouanounou and members of the Hevrat Gezekel – Ya Souki hakim Secular Sephardic Song (Meknes)

2. Hazan Semtob Knafo and Amram Castiel. Hevrat David Hamelekh – Chalom Lakha Chébii “Peace on the Seventh Day” (Essaouira)

3. Maalem el Hocein and ensemble – Qsida Midh (Meknes)

4. Abdelkrim Rais and ensemble – El hgaz el Mcharqi Andaluz Chorus (Fez)

5. Members of the Family of the Chorfa of Ouezzane – Andaluz Music of Ouezzane (Ouezzane)

6. Early Morning Calls to Prayer – El Fjer (Tangier)