Mamouat Abde ElHakim, Direct from the Djma al Fna

Majmouat Abde ElHakim - Direct from the Djma al Fna, Marrakesh, Morocco
Majmouat Abde ElHakim – Direct from the Djma al Fna, Marrakesh, Morocco
Seattle, USA – Post World Industries has released an Internet only album titled Direct from the Djma al Fna, Marrakesh, Morocco by Majmouat Abde ElHakim. The album is available from Post World Industries.

Majmouat roughly translates as “band.” Abde ElHakim is the name of the band leader; he is the one-eyed man with the handlebar mustache that graces the CD cover. The group includes four other regular members, who play banjo, tarija (small hourglass drum), bendir (frame skin drum with snare), and darbuka (larger hourglass drum from Egypt).

The songs are mostly in the style of Dekka El Marrakshia (or Dak al Marrakshia) which is a very popular style of music in Morocco right now, but nearly unheard of outside that nation’s borders. The songs are mostly constructed of a loping 6/8 drum pattern with cascades of call response vocals which, towards the end of a song or section, accelerate into ecstatic yells. Abde ElHakim’s gravely voice was destroyed by a lifetime of performing outside.

The majority of the tracks are from a professional multitrack session conducted in a courtyard deep in the medina of Marrakesh. In between each of these session tracks are excerpts from the groups live performances in the Djema al Fna, including the dialogue from their aggressive money collections.

Author: Angel Romero

Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music and progressive music for many years. He founded the websites and Angel produced several specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for TelevisiĆ³n EspaƱola (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music and electronic music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World, Lektronic Soundscapes, and Mindchild Records. Angel is currently based in Durham, North Carolina.