Great light on the Slaoui cantors of Malhoun

A first ! The new book “Slaoui chanters of Malhoun, pearls preserved from the memory of Moroccan heritage” has the particularity of focusing on the creations of the Slaoui poets of Malhoun. In this work, published by Editions Sijilmassa, researcher Noureddine Chammas documents as he specifies “the intellectual, cultural and creative paths of these singers”. In detail, this publication, prefaced by Abdelmajid Fennich, highlights, according to the author, “important aspects of the life of these creators and lists them according to their biography designed by other authors”. “All according to a complementary methodology combining documentation, investigation, chronology, historical context and field investigation in the memory of learners and interested parties still alive,” says the writer. In 501 pages, the work lists Slawi creativity in Malhoun over three centuries. After a general introduction, setting the objective of this study, its methodology and its references, the author divides his work into two chapters. The first being entitled “Slaoui cantors during the rise of Malhoun” Called “Sabat Lechiakh”, this development notably marked the era going from Sultan Moulay Abdellah to Sultan Sidi Mohamed Ben Abderrahman Ben Hicham. As for the second chapter, entitled “The innovative slaoui chanters of Malhoun”, it relates this art in the era of Moulay Hassan I until the reign of His Majesty King Mohammed VI. Each chapter includes repertoires of a Slawi cantor. Thus, the first chapter compiles thirteen directories while the second brings together twenty-nine. In addition, any repertoire includes a detailed biography of the cantor and his bibliography in addition to his poems recorded on the radio with registration numbers and models of their manuscripts. What to make the interest of the work considered, according to the author, a reference for the researchers in history of the heritage of Malhoun in general and Slaoui in particular. For him, the book is also an added value in terms of researching the treasures of our authentic Moroccan culture in its relationship with its socio-political environment. “All under the patronage of the Alawite Kings which reached its peak during the reigns of the late Hassan II and of HM King Mohammed VI”, adds the researcher who relies on attestations and testimonies.