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Ahwash dancers, 1969.

Ahouach (a.k.a. Ahwach, Ahwash) refers to a folkloric style of music and associated dance from southern Morocco. an Ahwach session is held by a number of performers (sometimes more than 20 performers) from both men and women (in some regions; only men) playing on the rhythms of drums while chanting, Ahwach is famous in the Amazigh (berber) regions of Morocco, especially, the region of Ouarzazate, Zagoura, Souss.

The root h-w-sh means "dance", but the term ahwash encompasses 1) general idea of (musical) performance 2) An evening of song and dance 3) a single piece and 4) the dance section of a single piece.


It is an exclusively Berber village music, probably unchanged for centuries or longer. Ahouach texts emphasize the submission of the individual to the community. Typically, it consists of two large choruses engaging in call-and-response vocals, accompanied by instrumentalists and dancers. Since this music requires anywhere from 20 to 150 participants, it is not easily portable and so rarely heard in the cities.



Rose Festival at Kelaa Mgouna

Famous Ahwach groups[edit]

From region to region, Ahouach groups differ slightly in the way of performing and every region has its specific touch and style.


Characterized by the addition of the flute to the other Ahouach instruments.

Ahwach Aglagal Taliouine[edit]

Ahwach Imintanoute[edit]

Ajmake Chtouka Ait Baha[edit]

Ahwach Aoulouz[edit]

Mizane Houara[edit]

From Taroudante, is characterized by the dual dance between the women and men in movements same as the ones performed by Capoeira fighters.



Rokba Zagora[edit]

Ahwach Afella N dra Agdz[edit]


Ahwach Taourirte[edit]

Ahwach Sidi Daoud[edit]

Ahwach Imeghrane[edit]

Ahwach Ouin tjgal Taznakht[edit]

Ahwach Telouat[edit]

Ahwach Tikert[edit]


Ahwach Tissint Tata[edit]

Ahwach Ourika[edit]

Ahwach Taskiouine[edit]