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ICTM Workshop #3 – Moroccan folk music

By Hélène Sechehaye
Thursday 16 December 2021 - 19h00
Molière Theatre - Galerie de la Porte de Namur, 3 Square du Bastion, 1050 Bruxelles
THU 16/12


Get to know musical traditions through a variety of voices, views and interpretations. Topics covered in these introductory sessions are the context of the performances, the conditions for their existence and the events that have left their mark on the history of these traditions.

 In a friendly atmosphere, seated around tables in the Foyer of the Molière Theatre, the audience participates in a presentation prepared by the speaker, which is interspersed with moments of exchange with the participants. French will be spoken in this workshop.


Located in the extreme northwestern part of the African continent, Morocco, the Mediterranean gateway to Europe, intermingles an incredible variety of landscapes, languages and cultures. Music occupies an important place in the country and accompanies every stage of one’s life. Moreover, despite the paradoxes that it can raise in a Muslim state, music is omnipresent in the public space. By listening to emblematic Moroccan sounds, these sessions take a journey of discovery through traditional and popular repertoires and question their relationship to contemporary Moroccan society. By following the guiding principles of Gnawa music, a vast array of themes such as religious brotherhoods, the opposition movements of the 1970s and festival organized for today’s youth will be tackled.


Hélène Sechehaye holds a doctorate in musicology. She wrote her thesis on the musical practices of the Gnawa in Brussels. Hélène teaches ethnomusicology at the Royal Conservatory of Brussels and History of Western classical music at the Université Libre de Bruxelles. She is also the chairwoman of ICTM Belgium, the Belgian national committee of the International Council for Traditional Music.


Timetable & PROGRAMME of the 6 SESSION cycle

  • 21/10/2021 : Klay Mawungu & Bambi Ceuppens – Congolese Rumba Music
  • 18/11/2021 : Osvaldo Hernandez – Music in Hispanic America
  • 16/12/2021 : Hélène Sechehaye – Popular Music in Morocco
  • DTBD/2022 : Hubert Boone – Traditional Music in Belgium
  • 10/03/2022 : Nicholas Cooper – Irish Traditional Music
  • 05/05/2022 : Anaïs Verhulst – Karnatak Music (South Indian classical music)

Price for the complete six-session cycle: 40€ (or 25€ for Muziekpublique members).

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