NEW RELEASE – KASSIDAT: Raw 45s from Morocco
by HAJI MAJI
I’m happy to announce the release of KASSIDAT: Raw 45s from Morocco, an LP project I put together for Dust-to-Digital. Hypnotic and trance-inducing grooves from what I call the “Golden Age” of the Moroccan record industry, the period beginning in 1956 when Morocco gained its independence, until the 1970s. It was a time when many locally-owned record labels flourished, thanks, in part, to the inexpensive 45 rpm format. Most of these companies were based in Casablanca, but they released hundreds of 45s of authentic, hardcore folk music from all over Morocco. KASSIDAT is the third in a series of Dust-to-Digital LPs that explore similar locally-controlled record scenes around the world during the 1950s and 1960s. The first two in the series was LUK THUNG: Classic & Obscure Recordings from the Thai Countryside, followed by Chris Menist’s QAT, COFFEE & QAMBUS: Raw 45s from Yemen.
I designed this one and wrote the notes with a lot of help from Ayyoub Ajmi (www.settatbladi.org) and Tim Abdellah Fuson (moroccantapestash.blogspot.com). Be sure to check out their excellent web stuff for deeper diving. The recordings were mastered by Michael Graves (www.osirisstudio.com). Thanks to Dust-to-Digital for continuing to support these projects.
Great music, Dave. As always, can you tell me a rough estimation when these six titles were recorded? Now, I know that “Ha howa ha howa” was first issued back in 1969, but what about the rest? Apparently Rais Haj Omar Wahrouch toured Europe in the mid-60’s, would that mean that the track that’s included on “Kassidat” predates that?
Thanks Samuli. I’m afraid I had no luck finding exact dates on most of these records. I’d love to find out exactly when the various labels were established and begin to fill in some release dates.
Yeah, Dave. That would be the next step beyond this present work. The work is cut out for the musical archaeologist!
yeah, that would require some research in Morocco. Maybe some of our fellow Moroccan music lovers there can dig up more info.
amazing collection, Dave. is it totally ungrateful to say that i wish you updated this blog more often?
thanks Mordy. ahh, I’ll try to get some more posts up soon. trying to wrap up a big reissue project then I can get back to the blog!