This Moroccan Jewish Music that i Love

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Music is generally not made to be talked about but to be heard. I know that before sharing this amazing Moroccan Jewish music heritage, I need at least to introduce some historical facts.

The Moroccan jewish music finds its roots in medieval Andalusian centuries. Andalusia by the time was a land of sciences, letters & arts. Arabs, Berbers, Europeans, Jews, Muslims & Christians, with tolerance & cohabitation, made a perfect atmosphere for creation. The Andalusian life style was born.

The specific Andalusian music was a mix of Sephardic Jewish, Arab, Berber & medieval European music. The particular magical sound.

By the end of Arabo-Muslim presence in Andalusia & the different waves of migrations of thousands of Jews & Muslims to North Africa & the rest of the Middle East, the Andalusian music no longer existed. Fortunately, this huge & rich Musical heritage was transmitted essentially to Morocco & extended to Algeria & Tunisia.

The Moroccan Jewsih music is a mix of Ladino romances of the North of Morocco, the classical Andalusian music & religious poems & chants called “Piyutim”. This music is not only exclusive to the Moroccan Jews but all the Moroccan people consider it as theirs.

In Morocco this music tradition found a very fertile land to develop, becoming a popular folklore every Moroccan family loved, protected, enriched & transmitted.

Very considerate efforts are made nowadays in Morocco, by the state government, the media & cultural institutions to protect this rich Musical heritage. Associations & festivals are created all over Morocco, & Local artists such as Ba Jeddoub & Abderrahim Souiri became world wide ambassadors of this Moroccan tradition.

We must not forget Abdelssadek Shekara , Abdelkarim Raiss, Zahra El Fassiya, Samy El Maghreby, Pinhass Cohen, Haim Look & many many more Moroccan artists who did & still contribute to make this music more close to people & more international.

The Andalusian Orchestra of Israel’s job needs to be highlighted also, because of the quality effort of modernization they’re doing on this music.

Now Let the Music take place ...

North of Morocco Ladino Romance - Mohamed Reda - A Lalla Yellali - آ لالا يلالي

Moroccan tune for 16th century Jewish poem - أنا ديني دين الله

Anna Lladi - انا الذي ما لي سنيد 

Moroccan Standard (Mohamed Fouiteh) Tzur Shehechyani - آيلي حياني 


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  1. Narjisse MachraouiMonday, September 26, 2011

    j'aime j'aime j'aime et j'aiiiime!!