Role of Music at a Moroccan Wedding

Music and dance at a Moroccan wedding is the subject of a lecture “Performing Tradition, Performing Gender at a Wedding Celebration in Morocco,” presented by the Department of Music and sponsored by the D’Addario Music Appreciation Initiative. It will take place Wednesday, March 5, 2014, at 2:55 p.m. at Monroe Lecture Center, room 213, South Campus.

Moroccan singerDr. Alessandra Ciucci of Northeastern University (pictured above) will discuss significant moments of a performance of the shikhat (professional female singer-dancers) at a mixed wedding celebration in Morocco. Dr. Ciucci will illustrate the role of the shikhat and, at the same time, the role of a genre of sung poetry (‘aiṭa) in performances associated with ceremonies publicly sanctioning the transition and transformation of individuals. At such performances the shikhat transmit traditional cultural knowledge, including Moroccan ideas about gender, through the verses of a genre of sung poetry that is said to express and celebrate the collective identity and honor of the population.

For more information on this lecture, please contact Dr. Francesca Cassio, Hofstra University’s Sardarni Harbans Kaur Chair in Sikh Musicology, at or 516-463-5533.

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