2 long tracks of 21st century âita & chaâbi for your pleasure, from the microphone of Haj Abdelmoghit. I know I tend to wax nostalgic for the era of electric guitars and raucous drum kits in chaâbi, but I am not immune to the joys of more recent stylings. This album keeps it real with a viola, some light keyboard (and yeah, a synth bass), heavy on the percussion, and isn't that a drum kit down there in the mix? This works for me. And the album has the flow of an actual live set of music as you'd hear it in performance: begin with something slow and heavy, move through several songs, connected via violin-driven instrumental passages as the tempo speeds up and the sung call/response phrases get shorter and shorter, and ending at blistering speed with a punchy rhythmic phrase to cue the end of the song.
Ah that good âita bidaouia feeling! Abdelmoghit Essaidi (b. 1965, Casablanca) quit his bank job to pursue a career singing it. He's enjoyed great success as a real crowd-pleaser of course at weddings but also at concerts (such as the big Mawazine Festival in 2017). And he has even become a favorite among the Moroccan royals, performing at the wedding of Princess Lalla Soukaina in 2013.
Several of his albums can be streamed at Ournia: https://www.ournia.co/artist/el-haj-abdelmoghit#
Official Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/hajabdelmoughitofficiel
Abdelmoghit عبد المغيت
Najm al Âita al Bidaouia نجم العيطة البيضاوية
Moughitphone 20/06/07 مغيت فون
Settat Bladi السطات بلادي
Nti ou Ana انتي وانا
Irjaâ Oulad Bladi ارجع اولاد بلادي
Hani Mourak Hani Kdamek هاني موراك هاني كدامك
Moula Âin Ettout مولا عين التوت
Al Âar al Hbab العار الحباب