Chaabi (Morocco)

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Chaabi (literally "popular"[1]) refers to several types of popular music of Morocco, combining rural and urban folk music.[2][3]

Music of Morocco
Specific forms
Regional music

The genre started out as street music performed in squares and souks, and can be heard in cafés, at restaurants and at weddings.[2]

Rural varieties include Jerra and al-Aïta (literally "the cry"[4]). Several artists performing this genre are known, such as Hajib, Stati, Najat Aatabou, Senhaji and Khalid Bennani.

Urban varieties are called Sahli. Extraordinarily with Cheb Bilal. Said Senhaji, has dueted with Reda Taliani. Zina Daoudia has performed with Cheba Zahouania which is Algerian . Other singers like Hamid El Qasry has performed with Cheb Khaled. Also, Faadhel Al Mazrou'eây (Khaleeji singer) has become famous with his Khaleeji-Cha'âby song "Le'khyan Jani" and "Ya Saheby" (featuring Said Senhaji). Emna Fakher, Tunisian singer, has covered the star song of Najat Aatabou "J'en Ai Marre".


  1. ^ Ellingham, Mark; McVeigh, Shaun; Grisbrook, Don (1994-01-01). Morocco: the rough guide. Rough Guides. p. 523. ISBN 9781858280400.
  2. ^ a b Gauldie, Robin (2017-05-30). Morocco. New Holland Publishers. p. 28. ISBN 9781847730954.
  3. ^ Broughton, Simon; Ellingham, Mark; Trillo, Richard (1999). World Music: Africa, Europe and the Middle East. Rough Guides. p. 572. ISBN 9781858286358.
  4. ^ Tchebwa, Manda (2005). African music: new challenges, new vocations. UNESCO. p. 27.