Ten members of the Hamadcha Tariqa (Sufi Brotherhood) performed a free concert tonight at the ALIF Riad in Batha. The Moroccan audience was delighted with the performance as were the foreign students who attended
|The Hamadcha entered by candlelight|
The Tariqa, with leader Abderrahim Amrani, made their traditional Hamadcha entrance by candlelight and after a gentle beginning added drums to their lineup and within minutes had many of the younger people in the crowd on their feet dancing.
|The Hamadcha with Abderrahim Amrani centre|
|A hi-octane performance|
As usual the tempo increased as the performance built up to the hadra and the hi-octane crescendo of the performance. The crowd, and the Sufi group, were justifiably ecstatic. Although the group comprised only a small number of the Hamadcha, they showed once again why they are considered one of Morocco's national treasures.
Photographs: Sandy McCutcheon