The Daqqa Roudania of Taroudant, named for the southern Moroccan town they come from, are considered knowledgeable people who have founded the Daqqa ceremony with music, chant, dance, and percussion. The ceremony is considered a religious ritual, a concert and an important moment in the social life of the city. It integrates elements of popular music from the Berbers of Ahwach and Agwal. The Daqqa takes place during Achoura, the tenth day of the first Muslim lunar month of Muharram. The rituals of this very rhythmic ceremony are dedicated to the celebrated Sufi saint of Taroudant, Sidi Ben Sidi.
In collaboration with Dance New Amsterdam
The Spirit of Fes is the international component of the celebrated
Fes Festival of World Sacred Music and its companion Fès Forum. Its mission is to broaden the dialogue begun in Fès about ways in which art, culture and spirituality can offer a humane response to pressing global issues. The Tour will travel to 15 cities in 7 states from October 7 - 29 to connect to American communities and audiences.
Video by Casey Meade