Gharnati music

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Gharnati refers to a variety of Algerian music originating in Al-Andalus. Its name is related, being derived from the Arabic name of the Spanish city of Granada.

Gharnati was preserved in Tlemcen,considered as the twin city of Granada.

This variety of Andalusian classical music has been established in other cities like Oran and Sidi-Bel-Abbès in Algeria.And thereafter,in Rabat and Oujda in Morocco by algerian famillies who moved and settled there,as confirmed by Jerrilynn D. Dodds in his book "The literature of Al-Andalus", éd. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 2000, p. 72-73 [1]

If the term Gharnati refers in the region of Tlemcen in Algeria to a distinct musical style of the Andalusian music, in Morocco, the term is rather loosely applied to the music of Tangiers and Tetouan, and confirmed by the authors Rachid Aous, Mohammed Habib Samrakandi pages 15 and 24 in their book "Music of Algeria" [2].


Famous musicians of Gharnati[edit]

  • Cheikh Larbi Bensari
  • Cheikh Mohammed Salah Chaabane
  • Cheikh El Hadj Mohamed El Ghaffour
  • Abdelkrim Dali
  • Bouchnak Benyounes dit Afendi
  • Chaabane Sidi Mohammed
  • Chaabane Nasreddine
  • Kerzazi Cheikh Brahim
  • Amina Alaoui
  • Françoise Atlan

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ https://books.google.fr/books?id=u5AVpiscx7YC&pg=PP444&dq=oujda+arabo-andalouse&lr=&as_brr=3#v=onepage&q=&f=false
  2. ^ https://books.google.fr/books?id=ogQLKLjgaHEC&pg=PP1&dq=Musiques 27Alg% + d% C3% A9rie + + by + + Aous Rashid, Mohammed + + + Samrakandi Habib & lr = # v = onepage & q = & f = false