"In September 1967, Alan Lomax visited Morocco to make field recordings for use in his comparative research on world folk song style. Assisted by Joan Halifax, he documented the traditional music of both urban and rural Morocco, recording in the historic metropolises of Fes and Marrakech as well as in remote rural villages in the Atlas Mountains. The approximately eight hours of material includes Arabo-Andalusian classical and Sufi music recorded at the Moulay Idriss Festival in Fes, courtship dances from the famous Imilchil Marriage Festival, wedding music from both the Arab and Amazigh traditions, the epic songs of itinerant High Atlas bards, patriotic hymns in praise of King Hassan II, and work songs by shepherds, camel drivers, farmers and silversmiths. In addition, the collection comprises a number of speech samples recorded in the medina of Fes and other locations for use in Lomax’s Parlametrics research. These samples, from Qur’anic recitations to bargaining with shopkeepers and fortune-telling, include speech in Tamazight, Tachelhit, English, Dutch, French, and Arabic."