Saturday, October 22, 2016

A Superb Weekend of Hadra in Chefchaouen

The art of hadra (trance dancing) is being celebrated this weekend in Chefchaouen with the participation of leading exponents as well as researchers. The weekend will offer a unique window into this Sufi art form

La Hadra Chefchaounia

The weekend has been organized by l’Association Sœurs de l’art authentique (the Association of Sisters of authentic art) and promises a diverse musical and academic program.

This festival aims to contribute to the cultural dynamics and socio-cultural development of the region and to strengthen Chefchauen's local and international reputation as one of the traditional Moroccan-Andalusian cities that has preserved its artistic heritage.

According to the artist Rahoum Bakkali, president of  l’Association Sœurs de l’art authentique , this festival is an opportunity to celebrate the symbols of artistic creation in Morocco and the contribution of Moroccan women .

This edition will be dedicated to the spirit of the scholar Sefiani Hashimi, a pioneer of the Andalusian music, in recognition of the central role of played by Hashimi in promotion and development of music in the city of Chefchaouen.

The formidable Lala Rhoum El Bakkali

Several Hadra groups will perfom including, Hadra Tanjaoui lead by Naima Barnoussi, Hadra Chefchaounia  and the group of Hadra Tétouania.

The most well known of these groups is the La Hadra Chefchaounia. Their musical director is a formidible force in keeping the Hadra tradition alive. Lala Rhoum El Bakkali, a descendant of Sidi Ali Hajj Bakkali who founded the zawiya (Sufi lodge) Bakkali of Chefchaoun. She is a professor of music and teaches piano and Arab-Andalusian music, in addition to acting as the leader and musical director for La Hadra Chefchaounia

Besides the musical concerts, the program also includes a scientific conference on "Sufi singing and Women Hadra" which will be supervised by specialists and researchers in music and in the history of the sufi art.

Photographs: Philip Murphy for The View From Fez


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