Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Moroccan Storytellers

The View from Fez blog has been singing a siren's song about Morocco ever since I first discovered their site. The post titled 'The storytellers of Marrakesh' is no exception.

In it, Samir links to an article by Marlise Simons.

She begins: It's time for work and Mohammad Jabiri heads for Jemaa el Fna, the main square of Marrakesh, often called the cultural crossroads for all Morocco.

Stooping a little, he weaves through the crowds, past the snake charmers and their flutes, the racket of drummers and cymbalists, the cheers for the acrobats and the shouting of the kebab vendors, until he stakes out a quiet spot for himself.

Jabiri is a storyteller, a profession he has practiced for more than 40 years. Every day, he conjures up a real or imagined past that is filled with ancient battles and populated with sinners and prophets, wise sultans and tricky thieves.

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