The Guitarist of Taoujdate
Trip Start May 01, 2001
44Trip End Jun 30, 2001
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14 hours*, 2.8 kms
Next is Taoujdate, a town between Fes and Meknes, off the main highway. Nothing special about Taoujdate, but it does have a pleasant, shady little park in the middle, and the fellows who come to listen seem to really dig my music, asking me to explain each song afterwards. They seem quite flattered that someone would actually be interested in discovering their town. Afterwards I invite them to join me for some rotisserie chicken.
They offer to give me a "tour" of the town
My jaw just about drops to the floor when he starts playing. He plays classical. He plays amazing rock solos. He plays Turkish music. He even plays Paco de Lucia… He’s the best guitarist I’ve heard in a long time. It’s clear he puts hours and hours into practicing.
There’s something sadly ironic about this very gifted and determined guitarist playing in his garage in Taoujdate, a town that I sure can’t possible appreciate his level of talent. I try to convince him to go look for a gig in Marrakech or Agadir, but he doesn’t seem to have that drive to get out there and “make it” as a musician. He just wants to play music.
Inspiring… and sad at the same time…
So I bid him farewell, and head on out to my friends to explore the town a bit more. They take me past the unused church building leftover from the French era… across a small shantytown, and through a little travelling clothes market which included some Chinese vendors… I guess, if they’ve found their way to Taoujdate they really must be taking over the world!