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Amnat Aichata (The Kennedy Center)

Amnat Aichata

The Guedra dance is one of the fundamental elements in the folkloric repertoire of the South of Morocco, a region born from a rich historical background and patriotic pluralism. It is often considered the cultural identity of the South of Morocco, a mysterious and true receptacle of diversity. The Guedra draws its name from its unique instrument: a clay pot covered by animal skin, usually camel or cow skin. The performers sing their love and clap while kneeling down around this clay pot. This mono-instrumental composition does not affect the harmonical complexity and the vocal technique related to the dance.

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