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Music and Postcards

The online exhibition 'Music and Postcards' will take place on Instagram from October 19 to November 12.

The Museum of Music continues to offer you exhibitions to discover from your home with this second exhibition of Moroccan postcards.

The postcard appeared at the end of the 19th century, a period when technical advances in reproduction, the development of education, and the creation in 1879 of the Universal Postal Union and its communication network, enabled its birth and success. The colonial postcard, of which this exhibition presents examples mostly dating from before 1956, is above all a constructed image: it represents a fantasised image of the country, an image of colonial representation conveyed by the authorities of the time, to the detriment of the local population (as one sometimes found confirmed in the texts written on the back of the postcards).

This exhibition also shows the messages written on the back of the postcards. This complicated period of lockdown and remoteness is the ideal time for the return of the postcard: it can now regain its role of connecting and its very existence helps during this period when work, social exchanges and cultural outings are all becoming less and less possible. Thus the solidarity movement, known as "les cartes vitales", gathers artists' postcards to "give meaning to our existence", an initiative launched during the Covid-19 crisis. It is therefore with a certain nostalgia that we look back to those messages sent in the last century, which brought the senders and their recipients closer together with tender thoughts, but which also served as a medium for more trivial messages, thus giving relevance and substance to these long-distance conversations.

The exhibition will finish on November 12th on Instagram, so don't forget to follow the Museum of Music on Instagram so you don't miss any of our exhibitions and news!

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Hamid Al-Zahir, pioneer of popular music in Marrakech

The exhibition-playlist n°2, Hamid Al-Zahir, pioneer of popular music in Marrakech, has been on Youtube since October 12th.

Hamid Zahir (حميد الزاهر) or Hamid Ben Taher, was an oud player, a popular Moroccan singer, and an iconic figure in Marrakech singing. His musical playing was unique: he drew his inspiration from the musical heritage of his native city, namely the daqqa and gnaoua styles, to give his songs a festive air.

In the 1950s Hamid Zahir started producing his own songs. Recorded in the studios of the Sabah production company, songs such as "AwinAwin", "Rouah Li Bgha Yzour", and "Lila a Sidi Aâmara" quickly became big popular hits. These songs, which were copied by singers all over Morocco, paved the way for Marrakesh's musicians to achieve national success.

In the mid-70s, Hamid Zahir was already a national star. Songs such as the famous "Lalla Fatima" and "Ach Dak Tmchi Lzine" went beyond national borders, having success under such unexpected skies as Saudi Arabia and Kuwait. They earned the author a number of international tours that were to take him around the world, with concerts in places as far away as Japan and Australia.

Closer to home, Hamid Zahir also became the darling of the North African public. In Tunisia, where he frequently travelled, his success was such that he was decorated by the Tunisian president of the time, Habib Bourguiba. Visit the second playlist of the Museum of Music on Youtube - enjoy the discovery or re-discovery of this music!

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