Tuesday, 18 May 2010

Rifi: Sounds of Morocco (1972)

What can I say? Beautiful, beguiling music from the Rif mountains of Morocco recorded by Iain Adams in the late '60s and released as a private pressing in 1972. There are some quite fantastic field recordings here, and I hope you enjoy them as much as I have.

"This record doesn't attempt to reproduce anything other than a microcosm of music from the north of Morocco. The Gnaoua and the mitah players and drummers are musicians who get paid, in cash or kind. The rest of the tracks were recorded when I was lucky enough to be with a family of mountain people near Tangiers. They have few possessions, they cannot read or write, they live on what they raise and grow - when you hear their music, its hardly necessary to add that they play music for pleasure."

Check out the photos above for all the info you could want and some lovely notes.

Get it HERE.


icastico said...

Can't wait to listen.

Mr Tear said...

Hope you enjoy. I particularly love Mahjoula, but let me know what you think.

Dray said...

thanks for this

ixora said...

Wow. Super album. thanks for posting!

Anonymous said...

WOnderful...Thank you for your posting...


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this kind of music is so relaxing, the drums and flutes, the tradional sound from this land, there's a female singer named Loreena McKennitt, this women use many element of this music style, I recommend that if you have some time, please listen her.

abdel karim said...

exquisite piece, would love to hear it all.
could you find the time to reup this gemm again?

thanks a million

Mr Tear said...

Yes, yes y'all! The link works again.

abdel karim said...

Thanks Mr Tear!!!!

Really appreciate it!


elga said...

Magnifique i will spend the night there in the Rif. Merci !

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Anonymous said...

I have Numbered copy 422 which I bought as a reminder of my 1970 Morocco trek. Rear cover is a polystyrene ceiling tile! Many memories and happy days.