Genre: Hadra Location: Tetouan
Hajja Fatouma Soussiya composed the iconic hadra “Rani Awala” in the 1940s and it has since become part of the cultural heritage of Tetouan. Despite her passing, this piece of music continues to resonate even with the younger generation and has stayed a regular feat in the Tetouanese music repertoire, thanks to one of her former pupils, Hajja Oum Kelthoum Rahmouni and her all-female troupe.
This hadra, characterized by its festive, friendly and warm rhythm, uses Moroccan instruments such as the Bendir, Derbouka, Taârija, and Tar (a small bendir), yet it also draws inspiration from Andalusian culture. At the crossroads of these multiple influences, Hajja Oum Kelthoum Rahmouni and her troupe continue to bring to life and share the vibrations of this piece of Moroccan musical history.