Friday , September 21 2018

Culture

An Introduction To The Lgendary Amazigh Band Known As Izenzaren

Izenzaren

  By Mustapha Akhoullou, January 30, 2018 New Jersey, USA   “Without music, life would be a mistake.” Friedrich Nietzsche, Twilight of the Idols Amazigh people (Berbers according to Romans) are the aboriginals of North Africa from The Siwa Oasis in Egypt to the Atlantic Ocean including Libya, Tunisia, Algeria, Morocco, Mauritania, Mali, and Niger. Despite all the different attempts …

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New Publication: Berber Tattooing in Morocco’s Middle Atlas.

Berber Tattooing

Berber Tattooing is a unique and tender record of the tribal skin art of Morocco’s Middle Atlas. The result of a series of chance encounters, Felix & Loretta’s Leu’s road trip in 1988, opened a doorway into the intimate world of the women of the Berber tribes. In this book, the women tell their individual stories, revealing the traditions of …

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New Publication | Modern Amazigh Poetry: Selected Poems

Amazigh Poetry

An e-book titled “Modern Amazigh Poetry: Selected Poems”, translated from Amazigh (berber) language to English by Mustapha Akhoullou, has been published and is now available at Amazon.  The book was written originally by Mohamed Ouagrar and it consists of selected poems that Mustapha translated from Amazigh (Berber) language to English. Mohamed Ouagrar is a distinguished Amazigh poet in Morocco. His …

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Tiwizi in the Social Life of the Amazigh People

Tiwizi

By Ahmed Goughrabou Tiwizi is voluntary work provided by a group of villagers to help a member of the village accomplish a task he or she cannot do alone. By means of Tiwizi, many peasants carry out some agricultural labors requiring important manpower such as olive picking and other harvests. Tiwizi is generally extended for individuals, but sometimes it is …

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Amazigh People Around the World Celebrate Amazigh Flag Day

Amazigh

Each year on August 30th The Amazigh people around the world  celebrates the Amazigh Flag Day, the symbol of Amazigh identity, and the common sight at Amazigh rallies, demonstrations, and celebrations. Naturally, the colors represent different things: blue for water, green for mountains & forests, and yellow for joy, gold, and the Sahara: the Tuareg realm. In the center is the Tifinagh17 …

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New Film: Letter of Solidarity from Imider to the Rif

Imider

“Timnadine” is a form of poetry unique to Asamr (the Southeast of Morocco). By blending the art of Timnadine with the art of cinema, the aim of Movement on Road ’96 in Imider, the producer is to refresh Morocco’s indigenous Amazigh culture and to revive the legacy of the ancient poets who traveled from village to village, using Timnadine to …

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Short Story by Ahmed Zahiri

Atlas

THE MOUNTAIN… AND MY RENDEZ-VOUS WITH GHANDI IN BOSTON   It happened by chance that I was born in the mid-atlas mountains where life is natural, humble and eternal. My village is surrounded by huge mountains and there is a firm belief that those giant mountains are mythic meant to protect the natives from evil, hidden power and invaders that …

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Video | Silbo, the Lost Whistling Language of the Guanches in Canary Islands

Silbo

The Silbo Gomero is a whistled register system that has been used for decades by the ‘Guanches‘, the aboriginal Amazigh inhabitants of the Canary Islands to emulate speech and facilitate communication between the islanders. The Silbo is the only whistled language in the world that is fully developed and practiced by a large community (more than 22,000 inhabitants). The whistled language replaces each …

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In Boston, Moroccans and Jews Will Gather To Celebrate Mimouna

Mimouna

  By Zouhir Az, April 8, 2017   More than 100 people are expected to gather to celebrate another annual tradition of post-Passover festivities known as Mimouna celebrations,  on Tuesday, April 18, 2017 from 7 p.m. – 11 p.m, at the Saint Peter’s Episcopal Church in Cambridge, Massachusetts. with a fun evening full of activities and performances and there’s something for everyone in the family to …

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The ‘International Number Ones’ Map Puts Morocco First For Argan Oil

International Number Ones

“Every country is best at something”, according to the ‘International Number Ones’  data visualization website Information is Beautiful. A map published on the website shows what countries around the world rank first for. “According to the 2016 data” Morocco is ranked best for “Argan oil.” – a speciality and a unique ingredient that’s been at the heart of Moroccan Amazigh cooking, medicinal purposes and traditional …

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