Paris, Île-de-France, FRA

The songs and dances deba, practiced exclusively by women and girls, evoke great Sufi ceremonies celebrating the birth of the Prophet. deba has won the price "France Musique 2009"


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This set of songs and popular music is directed exclusively by female Rahoum Bekkali woman artist who teaches at the Conservatory of Music City Chaouen, located in northern Morocco at the beginning of the Rif Mountains.

The tradition of folk songs of this region is very rich in styles and includes several directories. Highly traditional art, it combines poetry, melodies and rhythms in a special form called "The Hadra" The Hadra (the word hodour = presence) is originally a ritual within the scope of Sufi culture, which occurs in the spiritual context of the meetings of religious brotherhoods, and including invocations, praise and prayer, after which suffers a state of "trance", which is considered the fruit of a union and a divine presence.

This art of the Hadra is maintained for generations by women of Chaouen, insiders themselves by their mothers and grandmothers. It is the holy Sherifa Lalla Hiba Bekkalia, attached to the Zawiya (shrine) in the village Bekkalia deDouar Haraiki, located on the territory of the tribe Ghzaouas, Hadarat Chaouen that traces its origin.

This Sufi brotherhood from the 16th century, under the guidance of teachers Sidi Haj Ali Bekkali his son Sidi Mohamed El Haj Sidi Ali and Sidi Yahia Berreyssoul Alhindi, has left a significant legacy of religious poems, and invocation songs.

This art is manifested today in Moussems, birthdays and special celebrations at the Mouloud Moussem. (Anniversary of the birth of Prophet Mohammed).

The Hadra fascinated as much by its poetic lyrics and melodies for the beauty of its sculptural form and choreography, where the alignments and movements of the group of women who practice it are beautiful. Beginning with a slow tempo and majestic, the Hadra incorporates rhythmic movements gradually become more and more lively with the percussion of 'Daf' and ululating women, reaching its peak with this kind of ecstasy, which is the Hadarat itself.

Ms. Rahoum Bekkali was the first Moroccan to win first prize in music theory and an honorary award for music in Morocco.

She has participated in several national cultural events and artistic encounters in the USA

Whole, specifically named "The Sisters of Traditional Art" is committed to preserving this ancient legacy of Sufism and folk traditions which are mixed influences of Arab and Andalusian songs of Sama ', by adding to a share of creativity and originality.

It is also dedicated to spreading and revive this art among the younger generations of women and girls in the area of Chaouen.



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