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Monday, April 14, 2008

Berber Clips on YouTube

I thought I would add a little life to the article on my Berber mother. YouTube has some wonderful clips and I'll post some of them here.

Here's one called berber folklor submitted by A320insid. Three women sing as they make some food. Their outfits and jewelry are wonderful and check out the henna! I have no idea what they are singing about and if someone could leave a comment with a short translation, I'm sure we would all appreciate it.

Here's a Berber man weaving a shawl in Fez:

A woman belts out a song in her powerful voice, then other musicians and dancers join in:

The text on this one says:

"this video talks about the situation of tamazigh when the arabians come to atack imazighn in north africa they destroyed everything belonging to our amazigh culture they have taken some our books and fired the rest .they killed evry amzigh mankind that resested the respect their new laws .they killed all people who rejected them and all people who insisted to talk amazigh language .people flight to montains leaving the good vilages to arabiens .there were no arabien people in north africa that time .the origine people were amazigh .but they come and done their bad atacks ..ahmed abaamrane claims some of this in this video clips .he called all imazighn to put hand in hand in order to put amazigh culture in the sitaution that fits with it ....you can listen this this clip and give us your critic .http://tammazgha.ifrance.com"

The clip shows modern Amazigh in their various tasks. The story is sung in a happy tone which if I had not read the above text would have made me think they were singing about love or something upbeat...

Here's a cute old man playing a flute he made out of goat hooves and reeds:

Ah, the joys of technology! We can hear other languages, see different people and grow in our understanding of our little world just by clicking some keys... Great fun and of course, there are always those great textiles to look at in their appropriate context.

1 comment:

  1. HI Rachel

    Thanks for linking my blog! I have been having fun looking at all your links and posts! I shall also make a link on my blog. What would you like me to write about?


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