Sunday, June 23, 2013

More Raucous Âita Zaêriya - El Khirani Charki

You want this tape! Long, sweaty tracks of âita zaêriya, just right for that we-can-do-this-all-night-long summer wedding vibe. The sound quality indicates a professional studio recording, but throughout the whole tape one can hear people having conversations, clapping along, ululating, encouraging the dancers and musicians, dancing on the qaâda perhaps? Maybe it's a good recording from a very rocking wedding? Whatever the source may be, it's a noisy, raucous, lively one that will do you right! Another winner from Production Hicham Atlas.

I don't know anything about the artist El Khirani Charki, though a few clips of his performances are available on YouTube. I picked up the cassette in 2012 in or around Beni Mellal.

By the way, I don't know what is the deal with the nutty taârija player in this video clip. I just saw him on Moroccan TV the other night, doing the same shtick. It's especially weird when, as here, sultry shikhat are vying for one's gaze. Perhaps he is the equivalent of the pickled ginger eaten with sushi to cleanse the (here, visual) palate, making one appreciate the shikhat even more...

El Khirani Charki - El Khadem (Hicham Atlas 1100)
01) El Khadem

02) Track 2
03) Zaêriya

Get it all here.


  1. Hello, Tim.

    Yes, this is a fairly nascent khrebkhi' wedding chaâbiyat singer from er-Rabat. He has many videos on the web singing along the female-singers' band like the Chiekhat Zaër on the video you've shown. The dancers are wild, and the music is just wilder.

    Thanks for the cass.


  2. Just found this blog through ATFA, and can't wait to delve into all the goodies cached over here! Thanks for the tunes, Tim!