April 1, 2023

Journey in “Voices of Morocco” welcomes the visitor to the “Dar Jamai Museum” in Meknes, which has become the “national museum of music”.

The visitor receives photographs of historical “vinyl” records by Nass El-Givane, Abdel Hadi Belhayat, Mohamed El-Khayani, Benasser Ohoy, Hamid El-Zaher, Chaim Botbul, Ben Omar El-Zayani and other celebrities of the second half of the twentieth century. before the traveler landed next to several musical instruments. The values ​​of the art of the country.

And in the Dar Al-Jami courtyard, the late Moroccan pioneer Al-Malhuna Al-Hussein Al-Tulali greets the guests of his hometown before entering the first hall dedicated to the production of musical instruments in the Kingdom: dismembered oud in parts, explanations and exhibits on the manufacture of copper used for tools, and the manufacture of leather present in another.

After this hall, a journey through the various musical expressions of the Moroccan field will begin: country music, hit, rawais, Amazigh music, Hassani music, Moroccan Andalusian tarab, aita, malhun, Moroccan Jewish music, Aissaoua music, gnaoua, ahmadsha, and others, up to ” Contemporary and Contemporary Music.

At each of these music stations, the visitor is accompanied by her melodies, the clothes of her performers, their musical instruments, information about her origins, what inspired her, and her presence today.

This museum not only encourages a light cultural visit, but also features documentaries in a number of its rooms that invite the visitor to spend minutes exploring the music, the paths of its performers and its cultural connotations.

This Morocco as represented in the museum is plural rather than monolithic, with many Moroccan actors and expressions, a variety of instruments and clothing, and many Moroccan cultural quotations.

The exhibition refers to essays on Moroccan music, alongside brief definitions offered to visitors in Arabic, English and French.

The museum is also famous for the musical instruments used during the two days of Moroccan melody such as “Al-Bandir”, “Al-Nafar”, “Al-Hajhuj” and so on.

Among the museum’s understandings are the religious origins and the religious and therapeutic use of modern musical genres such as “Issava”, “Gnawa” and “Hamadsha” music.

The “National Music Museum” also features an interactive map showing the location of what the visitor knows geographically, from the far north of the country to its borders with Mauritania.

At the end of the visit, the museum connects the multiple past with the Moroccan present. Various musical expressions whose owners have become flags at the national, continental and international levels, therefore Naima Samih Al-Raboor “Muslim”, Sakina Fahsi, Jil Jilala, Sheikh Moygo and others carry the banner of authentic Moroccan musical expressions or renew them. blood with expressions of other countries and cultures.

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