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muziekgroep Manar
muziekgroep Manar

takes the audience to the markets of Marrakech where merchants, their business having been finished, get their drums out and improvise songs and raps about love and life. This traditional music, called Dekka el Marrakchia (literally: percussion from Marrakech) arose in towns like Taroudant and Ouarzate and was taken by traders to the economic heart of South Morocco, Marrakech. Manar's six members heard this music during their childhood in Morocco and introduced it in the Netherlands. In addition, Manar plays gnawa: sweeping ritual sufi music of the offspring of former slaves from West Africa, who had ended up in Morocco.


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  • Winternachten 2012 – Winternacht 1

    Dancing into the night with Manar

    Dekka al Marrakchia, folkloric music from the south of Morocco, and Gnawa, the music which boosts the communication between the daily and spiritual world. Stirring sounds of the six strong band Manar, making you want to dance.

  • Winternachten 2009 – Winternachten zaterdagavond

    Music: Manar

    The Moroccan sextet Manar bring both lively, traditional music from south Morocco, called dekka el marrakchia (percussion from Marrakech) and ritual sufi music, in which African rhythms play an important role. With their enthusiastic performance, they managed to get the Small Hall of Theater aan het Spui to swing on stage.