Culture

Ahwach, un Folklore mondial

Per: Amal MAARIFA  

MAJESTIC Ahwach is the name of tashelhiyt dance regions, i.e. the tachelhiyt area (the Anti-Atlas, High-Atlas Western-Atlas and from the city Demnat Mgun Asif)

The villagers practise and organize it between them voluntarily. The topics treated in these dances often affect fertility love and pride.



Are talking about Ourzazate Ahwach. Presented primarily by "has Wawzgit". It is a mixed dance (man and woman) with a pace and a fight between women and men with the words, called the msaq.

The group consists of a head of song or a Raïss (in Arabic), an improviser or two, a group of drummers and two group of dancers, men and women.

For what is dance, the man put to one side and women on the other side, it should be said that this separation is due to the jealousy of the husbands of the dancers.
In the first place it on the spot, where the women argue their basins while lowering the head down looking at the chest and a vertical dance. And in a second time they argue the body forward which produces a dismissal of the head back, and so forth.

When the men, they sit towards the fire spirited play on their traditional instruments called in Arabic "bendir". And this is where the Rais casts a Cree skyward announcing both the theme and the preparation for the dance.

Dress style is unmistakable detail to give to dance all its charm and its perfection. but in General, the dress of the inhabitants of the region and known by the plurality colors, and the diversity of accessories and the exaggerated makeup level. (for women).

When dancing, women is often long dresses white silk, with a top cold color (green, red, pink, yellow), with headgear bizarre rendering their voluminous hair, exaggerated make-up, but natural...

The man are always dressed in jellaba and white Chechs on their head, and the tunic saving yellow.

The head of the song often dressed differently, he wears a Jellaba with another color or it is called in Arabic "selham".  

Words would never describe the time of beauty and perfection of the elements constituting this folk art (dress style, lyrics, rhythm, the pats...). A true work of art, made of spontaneity, culture and nature.