Oudaden (in Berber: ⵓⴷⴰⴷⴻⵏ) is a Moroccan musical group that plays Berber amazigh music. The band was formed in 1978 in Ben Sergao near Agadir, in the Sous[1] region of Morocco. Its leader is Abdellah el Foua.

Abdellah El Fowa, leader of Oudaden
Background information
OriginAgadir, Morocco
GenresSoussi Amazigh
Years active1978–present
LabelsBuda Musique
  • Abdellah el Foua
  • Ahmed el Foua
  • Mohammed Jemoumekh
  • Larbi Amhal
  • Khalid el Foua
  • Larbi Boukharmous

History Edit

Oudaden was founded in 1978 in Ben Sergao, near Agadir. The group has performed throughout Morocco and internationally, particularly in Europe and the United States. They performed in Malaysia at the Rainforest World Music Festival, and in Tanzania on occasion of the Sauti za Busara. Their first album was released in 1985. The band's discography has grown to thirty-eight albums, contributing to the revival of Amazigh song.[2][3][4]

In 2012, they went on tour in France and performed, in particular, at the Arab World Institute.[2][4]

Group members Edit

Current members
  • Abdellah el Foua (banjo and vocals)
  • Ahmed el Foua (talunt, a type of drum,[5] and tagoualt)
  • Mohammed Amarrir (tam-tam, called tigwaline)
  • Larbi Amhal (tismamayeen-nakus)
  • Khalid el Foua (talunt)
  • said ouhdi (guitar)
Former members

Style Edit

Oudaden takes inspiration from traditional Amazigh music. It is one of the leaders of the Soussi style called "Tagroupit" or "Tiroubba" This new style comes right after the Tazenzart style. This type of music is often present in wedding ceremonies in the Maghreb. and almost always includes at least one banjo and electric guitar; these two instruments constitute the pillars of "Tiroubba" style.

Discography Edit

Albums Edit

References Edit

  1. ^ Alain Bouithy (16 May 2016). "Des airs ghiwanis, amazighis et gnaouis en hommage à Tayeb Saddiki clôturent le Festival Gnaoua" (in French) – via http://www.journaux.ma/art-culture/32368. {{cite web}}: External link in |via= (help)
  2. ^ a b L.B. (2 April 2012). Libération (ed.). "Groupe majeur de la musique amazighe : Oudaden en tournée en France".
  3. ^ Juliette Gréboire (2 June 2011). Le Point (ed.). "Trois ambassadeurs de la culture amazighe".
  4. ^ a b Kenza Alaoui (12 January 2012). Le Matin (ed.). "Musique : "Oudaden" signe son 28e album".[permanent dead link]
  5. ^ Hsain Ilahiane (2004). Ethnicities, Community Making, and Agrarian Change: The Political Ecology of a Moroccan Oasis. University Press of America. p. 51. ISBN 0761828761 – via Google Books.

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