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Morocco is a musical wonderland, stuffed with a bewildering surfeit of sounds; raw, sophisticated, ancient, modern, acoustic, electronic, mellow, fierce, deeply spiritual and extravagantly hedonistic. Culturally fed by rivers flowing in from all directions, its musical gene pool is rich and diverse, although the unique legacy of Morocco’s own native Berber culture remains more rooted than any imported influences. This album features two of Morocco’s musical giants, Jil Jilala and Nass El Ghiwane, the best-loved Moroccan female group, Bnet Marrakech and the greatest al aita star of modern times, Fatna Bent El Houcine. Delving into some of Morocco’s musical traditions, such as melhoun and gnawa, The Rough Guide To The Music Of Morocco also features some of the more contemporary and electronic sounds to have emerged out of this culturally rich country.
‘As Andy Morgan points out in his excellent sleeve-note, Morocco’s musics draw on Jewish and Arabo-Andalusian styles as well as the indigenous tradition of the Berbers. This Rough Guide – the best in the series for a long time – has been put together with love and respect rather than with a meretricious eye on what will go down well in the clubs: the tracks are of such generous length that we really can get into the mood. There’s a lot of discreet instrumental virtuosity here, and some genuinely great voices: Nass El Ghiwane’s prayerful growl among them.’ Independent On Sunday Five*****stars