Various ‎– Music Of Morocco, From The Library Of Congress

Dust-to-Digital ‎– DTD 046CD
4 × CD, Album, Compilation, Limited Edition
Box Set


Disc 1: Highlands — The Berbers Part 1
1.1 Maallem Ahmed And Ensemble Ahmeilou (Tafraout)
1.2 Rais Ahmed Ben Bakrim El Baz Ouichen Song For Male Voice (Tiznit) 8:12
1.3 Moqaddem Mohammed Ben Salem And Ensemble Third Sqel (Zagora) 8:32
1.4 Moqaddem Mohammed Ben Salem And Ensemble Second Aqlal (Zagora) 7:56
1.5 Chikh Ayyad Ou Haddou And Ensemble Ouakha Dial Kheir Women’s Chorus (Tahala)
1.6 Chikh Ayyad Ou Haddou And Ensemble Aili Ya Mali Mixed Chorus (Tahala) 9:48
1.7 Maallem Ahmed And Ensemble Aouache Men’s Chorus (Tafraout) 7:27
Disc 2: Highlands — The Berbers Part 2
2.1 Rais Mahamad Ben Mohammed And Ensemble Aouada Trio (Tamanar) 10:02
2.2 Rais Mahamad Ben Mohammed And Ensemble Chorus And Dance (Tamanar)
2.3 Chikh Hamed Bel Hadj Hamadi Ben Allal And Ensemble Reh Dial Beni Bouhiya Qsbah Solo (Segangan) 4:57
2.4 Various Sounds Of General Rejoicing (Ait Ourir) 1:41
2.5 Maallem Ahmed Gacha And Ensemble Albazaoua Women’s Chorus (Ait Ourir)
2.6 Chikha Fatoma Bent Kaddour Mouwal And Izlan (Ain Diab) 10:48
2.7 Cheikha Haddouj Bent Fatma Rohou And Ensemble Qim Rhori (Khenifra) 13:47
2.8 Mohammed Bel Hassan And Ensemble Qsida Dial Malik (Ait Mohammed) 11:52
Disc 3: Lowlands — Influent Strains Part 1
3.1 El Ferqa Dial Guedra (Bechara) Ounalou Biha Rajao Male Solo With Women’s Chorus (Goulimine) 10:58
3.2 Maalem Abdeslam Sarsi El Mahet Aiyowa D’Moulay Abdeslam Rhaita Solo (Arcila) 1:05
3.3 Sadiq Ben Mohammed Laghzaoui Morsan And Ensemble Rhaitas And Tbola (Einzoren) 12:36
3.4 Embarek Ben Mohammed Mellaliya Song For Male Voice (Marrakech) 3:45
3.5 Maalem Mohammed Rhiata And Ensemble, From The Region Of Taounate Taqtoqa Jabaliya (Fez) 12:19
3.6 An Unidentified Ensemble Gnaoua Chorus (Essaouira) 12:19
3.7 Si Mohammed Bel Hassan Soudani Gnaoui Solo Song (Marrakech) 2:56
3.8 Si Mohammed Bel Hassan Soudani Fulani Iresa (Marrakech) 4:45
3.9 Maallem Taieb Ben Mbarek And Chikhats Hadouk Khail (Marrakech) 12:35
Disc 4: Lowlands — Influent Strains Part 2
4.1 Hazan Isaac Ouanounou And Members Of The Hevrat Gezekel Ya Souki Hakim Secular Sephardic Song (Meknes) 7:31
4.2 Hazan Semtob Knafo And Amram Castiel. Hevrat David Hamelekh Chalom Lakha Chébii “Peace On The Seventh Day” (Essaouira) 8:50
4.3 Maalem El Hocein And Ensemble Qsida Midh (Meknes) 9:52
4.4 Abdelkrim Rais* And Ensemble* El Hgaz El Mcharqi Andaluz Chorus (Fez) 27:25
4.5 Members Of The Family Of The Chorfa Of Ouezzane Andaluz Music Of Ouezzane (Ouezzane)
4.6 Early Morning Calls To Prayer El Fjer (Tangier) 1:36



Silkscreened box with 120-page, leatherette book, featuring extensive liner notes by Philip Schuyler. Field notes by Paul Bowles. Introduction by Lee Ranaldo. Box set includes download/streaming code.

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July 17, 2018
This set very much compliments the novels and short stories by Paul Bowles. The stories read better after hearing this and the music also has more depth after being familiar with his narrations of the International Zone. The same with dust-to-digital's, Voices of the Mississippi boxset. If you end up owning that, best seek out the authors on the interview disc if foreign of them; Barry Hannah, the Ray Lum book by W. Ferris - "You live and learn. Then you die and forget it all", Eduora Welty (and her photographs taken in the 30s), Robert Penn Warren, etc.


June 16, 2016
edited over 3 years ago

incredibly thorough, beautiful and unexpected reissue of a legendary recording many of us had had pieced together through glimpses on other releases. the whole is about the music, about the author, about a time and place long gone yet brought to life vividly by the recorded evidence.

the packaging is an almost ritual experience, of opening, feeling and piecing together, but also of geometric forms, colours and textures that form a sensual backdrop to otherwise arid words and alien sounds. the feeling is of an artist edition box, only more lavish and fitting to the content.

the words are the liner notes of the library of congress release plus extracts from the author's work notes plus annotations by the reissue researcher, all accompanied by photographs of the expedition. a glimpse into the mind and time of the author where completeness and thoroughness was less important than capturing the right sound at the right time.

the music in the end is the point of the release, a snapshot of morocco in 1959 as seen by the author, before (bowles thought) it would disappear in the changing political tide. the urgency and mystery of the different expressions comes across fully. hearing some of these pieces in their entirety (eg. the aouada trio, a three minute extract on tellus 23, here ten minutes long) is a privilege. the hypnotic effect of moroccan music is here intoxicating, more than in any recording i have heard.

in short, this is a unique, essential release, not for everyone but rewarding to anyone with an interest in the above.