The Rabbab Player of Essaouira

I came across quite a few street musicians and troubadours on the streets of Essaouira. One musician, Shtokky Brahim (pictured), played the traditional Moroccan rabbab for me and also sang as well. 

The interesting thing about the rabbab instrument is that it’s one found in many other cultures, including my own Pashtun culture, although each one has its own distinctive sound. The closest thing the Moroccan rabbab sounds similar to is a fiddle. 

I won’t lie, when he started to play, I struggled not to tap dance away like a fool. Lucky for him God didn’t bless me with the dancing prowess of Madhuri. My huge shame at having two left feet prevented me from breaking out into a dance then and there. 


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