Archive for April, 2006

Moussem Festival – Twattoun & Djur Djura

Moussem Festival – Twattoun & Djur Djura
Moussem Festival Moussem organizes two festivals yearly: the ‘Moussem Festival’ (May) and the ‘Moussem Festivalâ€? (November). Diversity and quality are the key features in our artistic policy plan. Within each genre, we search for intrinsic quality, within the art disciplines. The first Moussem Festival was launched in May 2001. Meanwhile we are up to the sixth edition of the festival. Moussem... 

Libya – The Amazigh Architecture

Libya – The Amazigh Architecture
Libya Imazighen are one of three main groups inhabiting modern Libya, and one of the most ancient. Their agricultural villages were centred around reliable water sources in the desert regions, and constructed from mud brick, stone and date palm timber, adhered with gypsum mortar, until a few decades ago. Now several small Berber communities are preserving their Medinas (old cities) for cultural heritage and tourism purposes. The most famous of these... 

The Republic of the Rif

The Republic of the Rif
The Notes of the Rif Revolt The Rif Revolt was one of the more remarkable bids for self-determination to occur during the European late colonial period, and was pursued by the Rifi and Jibala peoples of Morocco between 1920 and 1926. At the end of the second decade of the twentieth century, the colonial powers occupying Morocco were France – whose zone encompassed the southern part of the country, and Spain – who controlled the northern... 

Anzar

Anzar
Anzar Anzar is the masculine name for rain, but rain with a distinct personality. Anzar is the benevolent element which helps the vegetation grow, crops to be harvested and animals to flourish. In this way rain, likened to seed or semen, enters into white magic rituals. When the rain is long in coming, Anzar has to be cajoled in every way into distributing his life-giving force. Berbers came quite naturally to the conclusion a long time ago that the... 

Yelas, a Shining Amazigh Star

Yelas, a Shining Amazigh Star
Yelas Born in the 20th century in Tarihant, “a little village perched in the mountains not far from the seaâ€?, he was from a modest background where you had to work to achieve anything, to pull through. So the little Kabyl got down to work and did very well at school. But soon, he would stray from the path that seemed mapped out for him, enrolling in the school of life where his guitar would be his most faithful mentor and... 
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