this shit is so on-point!
I know, rite? And I can't for the life of me figure out what it is we're looking at. It looks to be a traditional Berber dance, but the all-male contingency really throws me off. There's a kind of Moroccan dance called al Guedra (lit. "cauldron" or "pot"), but it's mainly a female affair. They ain't wearing indigo robes, so we can figure it's not the "blue men" of the Tuareg peoples. My only guess is these dudes are dancing al houara, but their brilliant use of cookware may be a personal flourish.
I saw some fellas (and ladies) doing the dance on the pan in the Djemaa El Fna a couple of weeks ago. The pan is used as another percussion instrument. I think there's a difficulty though, in talking about traditions, in Morocco as elsewhere. We all become detached from traditions, or meanings shift. The chaps on the video just look like they're out having a good night!
Well put, Mr Tear. Traditions don't make the metal pot sing; the feet do.
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