Songs & Dances

Hassani music, a mixture of Arab and African music, is rich in rhythms. The proof is the instrument used during Sahrawi dances. It is a wooden drum made of large jars whose crater is covered with a peace of leather well stretched on the borders.

Sahrawis dance on the desert sand. It is women who perform expressive movements.

They are more talented in this field. Some explain this by the fact that women have a kind of sensitivity towards the drum’s rhythms. This sensitivity can be perceived during Sahrawi dances when the fingers and body penetrate the void to express their communion with the drum’s rhythms.

The well-known Guedra dance is one of the bases of the Sahrawi folklore which has marked its existence in the historic culture of Morocco.
The tools used by singers are inspired by the daily Saharan life and most of the time they are traditional tools.

As is the case with all Sahrawi poetic creation, the same concerns and inspirations are reflected by Hassani poets. These themes are always inspired by the feeling of the life in the heart of the desert.


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