Tuesday, 27 October 2009

The Hamadcha of Fez: Transmission of a Precious Heritage

They are between ten and sixteen years-old.
They live in Fez.
Their grand-fathers, and their great-grand-fathers before them were Hamadcha, Moroccan sufis.
Their fathers too.

But their parents never encouraged them to take this road. That is, to become Hamadchas. Because it doesn't pay well, because it's not prestigious.

It was without counting on the passion of one man, Abderrahim Amrani Marrakchi, and on the energy of those kids.

So, are you wearing your djellaba and your babouches? Yes? Let's enter this mysterious house in the medina of Fez.

Un jeune apprenti Hamadcha

And let's get carried away by the music of the Hamadcha. (by the way, I hope you like to dance)

Les apprentis Hamadcha

Les apprentis Hamadcha


Abderrahim Amrani Marrakchi et les enfants

(in case you don't know, Fred has been working with the brotherhood for several years. If you want to know more about it, go on his website).

1 comment:

Jeannie said...

My husband, who is Moroccan, loves this kind of music. We love all kinds of music too. Nice pictures. The Riad looks beautiful.