Saturday, June 01, 2013

Another Fes Festival Highlight - DJ Click & the Fes Hamadcha

On the 10th of June at 10.30 pm the Bab Boujloud square will be the venue for one of the many free "Festival in the City" events that are part of the Fes Festival of World Sacred Music. This performance is an extraordinary collaboration between the famed Hamadcha Sufi Brotherhood and Dj ClicK 

The collaboration between ClicK and the Hamadcha goes back some time to a project of the French Institute in Fez . You can see our story and video HERE  The video - Dj ClicK meets Hamadcha Fez - was filmed during the recording of a new album, entitled Click Here - Fez. Dj ClicK describes the result as, "a Euro-Mediterranean creation and ritual Sufi, where tradition alongside modernity."

The Hamadcha

Along with the Gnawa and the Aïssawa, the Hamadcha are one of the three most important so-called ‘popular’ Sufi brotherhoods in Morocco. The Hamadcha brotherhood was founded by Saint Sidi Ali Ben Hamdouch in the seventeenth century, and has become famous through the originality of its repertoire, its spellbinding dances, and the trance-therapy skills of its members.

The Hamadcha’s rhythmic and melodic modes are extremely complex, and like their musical instruments, are found only within the brotherhood. A large part of the repertoire of the Gnawa and the Aïssawa is borrowed from the Hamadcha and is named “El Hamdouchiyya”. This amazing music is played during a ritual that dates back several centuries which mixes praise to the founding Saint and trance.

The Hamadcha ritual, like that of the Gnawa, has a therapeutic function. The Hamadcha were for a long time regarded as expert therapists, and Moroccans looked to them for help because of their knowledge of “medicine of the mind”.

Like all Muslim brotherhoods, the Hamadcha are subdivided into separate groups proper to each town or region. The groups are affiliated with Sidi Ali Ben Hamdouch and his descendants. During the moussem, which takes place every year, they gather at the tomb of the Saint in the region of Meknès.

Because of the modernization of Morocco, the future of traditional practices is uncertain, and the Hamadcha, as well as the other brotherhoods, are in danger of disappearing.

The Fez Hamadcha

Abderrahim Amrani Marrakchi

The Hamadcha of Fez, led by the master Abderrahim Amrani Marrakchi, distinguish themselves by their will to preserve the brotherhood from a possible disappearance. Their thorough knowledge of the repertoire and their remarkable musical skills make them the most renowned and valued Hamadcha of Morocco. They have performed on many occasions, for recordings and at festivals of traditional music.

Dj ClicK

ClicK is a cross-country DJ, who appears on his own No Fridge label, has a reputation for projects that team him up with local musicians. He has previously worked with Rona Hartner for gypsy culture, with the Moroccan Gnawa Njoum of Essaouira, with his electro-jazz collective UHT°, and collaborating with DJ Panko (Ojos de Brujo) for DJ Dolorès’ mixes brasileiros, with Zuko 103 and African mixes with Issa Bagayogo.

He has produced a dozen albums in his studio, a number of remixes such as those of Rachid Taha, Manu Chao, Warsaw Village Band, Mahala Raï Banda, Burham Öçal, Boogie Balagan and Watcha Clan, and has appeared on prestigious compilations.

At his sound desk, ClicK produces "no-visa music", infuses rural with urban and extracts living music from electronic mechanics. On stage he invents a new type of digital folk, inviting the musicians he has met to play on his machines.

Appearing at major festival, clubs and international events from Australia to South Korea, from Japan to Brazil, from the Balkans to North Africa, his worldtronica touch has paved the way for truly international cultural diversification.

More Fes Festival of World Sacred Music Info here

For more information on the Hamadcha please visit: The Hamadcha in Fes

NOTE: The Hamadcha will also be appearing at Bab Boujloud on the 12th with Ladysmith Red Lions from South Africa and the French Orchestre National de Jazz.

Full Festival in the City programme is here

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