Mauritanian Music

Mauritania is located in northern Africa, bordering the North Atlantic Ocean, between Senegal and Western Sahara.

Mauritanian Music

The music of the griots or troubadours of Mauritania is called Azawan, and is a truly scholarly form of music. It follows strict theory and is played by professional musicians who have undergone a long and specialist training.

The songs are accompanied by three instruments: the ardin harp, a women’s instrument made of a half-calabash and has eleven or fourteen strings; the tidnit, a four-stringed lute played exclusively by men; and the tbal kettledrum, a hemispherical drum made from a hollowed-out piece of wood that can reach a size of 1m in diameter.

Mauritanian Musicians

Aicha Mint Chighaly
Daby Toure