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Mardi Rollow Field Recordings of Dance Music in Morocco and Tunisia, 1974​-​76

by Canary Records



After having been a Peace Corps volunteer in Tunisia from 1966-68, Mardi Rollow was accepted into the California-based Aman Folk Ensemble, an international music and dance company founded by Leona Wood (d. 2008) and Anthony Shay in 1970. Rollow was awarded a grant from Aman and returned to Morocco and Tunisia in 1974 to film and record folk dance and music, resulting in a 7" disc release produced by Wood and Rollow for Aman’s annual dance institute. Rollow made a second filming/recording trip in 1976, after which she produced an LP of the recordings. She continued to dance with the Aman company through the early 1980s, acting as Associate Artistic Director.


released November 17, 2023

Recordings made by Mardi Rollow using a Sony TC-152SD cassette recorder and two Electro Voice RE-11 microphones.
Tracks 1, 5-7 Aug. 1974
Tracks 2-3 Aug.1976
Track 4 Sept. 1976

Credited performers:
track 4: Aisha, Fatima, Khadija, Mina, Melkina (shikhat); Rahal Timrani (violin), Mohammed ez-Zawi (agwal)
track 6: Mohammed Barkawi (singer), Abdelaziz Barkawi (singer and tabl), Ahmed Ouslati (zukra)

track 2 Temara, Morocco
tracks 3 & 4 Casablanca, Morocco
track 5 & 7 Monastir, Tunisia
track 6 Bou Salem, Tunisia

Original mastering by Garry Margolis
Original liner notes by Leona Wood and Philip Harland are included with the download.
Cover image: detail from a painting by Leona Wood
Transfers and restorations by Ian Nagoski
Alll recordings copyright Mardi Rollow

Mardi Rollow speaking about her 1974 trip in 1975:


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