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MOROCCO BLUES

Carlos heads to Morocco to immerse himself in a side to this country that tourists rarely get to experience.

I hear the first small notes of a captivating tune. Guitars, drums, clapping hands… is it the blues? Sounds like the blues at least, feels like it too. These are my first thoughts the moment the driver turns on his radio and puts the volume up high.

“What is this?” I ask. “Tuareg music,” he answers. The conversation doesn’t go on too long – his English is not the best, quite broken at times. But communication always gets through, one way or another, when the language barrier comes. This time, the music is building a bridge. I try to remember the name of a musician I once heard who played exactly this kind of music, but the name does not come. I let myself sink into the surrounding rhythms.

While he waves his hands to show his excitement about the music filling the car, I dig myself deeper and deeper in the soft seat, trying to digest the different sounds the radio is throwing at us. It’s so overwhelming. I’m just hoping that the drive to our hotel today is really long. I want to enjoy this moment, probably the only one in each day when we are more or less relaxed, where we have some time to think about our day, what we will see and do here. The music is for me the greatest way to dress up all these thoughts that come to my head, right here, right now, in Morocco. Its roots are so close to the feelings of the people here, their fears and hopes. It goes far back in the generations, and its tradition grows in value every time. Its meaning I will never really understand, but it’s surely captivating.

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