Trip Start Jun 07, 2008
191Trip End Jun 28, 2009
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Where I stayed
Bedouin tent in Sahara Desert near Erfoud, Morocco
We then drove further south to a village called Khamlia, which is in the middle of nowhere. We went there to meet some musicians who play Gonwa music, which is supposed to be where jazz came from
Then we went to a house which was a lot like the school, but a little bigger, and had cushions on the floor. This is where the musicians performed, but it is also the house of one of the singers and his family. There were eight musicians and two of them were boys. They used drums and these silver metal things called krakkems in their hands, and they sang in Berber and danced. Khalid said that most people in this village originally came from African countries, so are not from Arab, Berber, or Jewish ancestors. The music was loud and I liked it.
After they performed, I met the boys in the group. They live in this village. There names were Bougema and Mohammed. Khalid helped translate my questions and their answers and they also asked me questions, like what grade I was in and what my marks (or grades) were. They were very nice and it was great to meet them.
Tonight we broke the fast with Khalid, Hassen, and Idir at our tent. That was great - we had hard boiled eggs, fresh milk, these great flat pancake like breads, called mzemen, and dates. There are about 45 different kinds of dates grown around here
INTERVIEW WITH MOHAMMED AND BOUGEMA
How old are you?
Bougema: 13 (this is his first year to fast all day for Ramadan)
Where do you live?
B and M: Khamlia, Morocco on the edge of the Sahara
Who do you live with?
B: My parents and my two brothers, who are 8 and 16 years old
M: My nine brothers and sisters (6 sisters and 3 brothers) and my parents
Do you go to school? If so, where and how do you get there?
B: Yes, I go to a school that is 240kms from Khamlia
M: Yes, I go to the primary school in Khamlia. I walk to school because it is very close by.
What is your favorite subject:
B: French and Arabic
What is your favorite food?
B: Cous cous with meat
M: Tangine with meat and French fries
What do you do for fun?
B: Play soccer.
What do you want to be when you grow up?
B: Maybe a teacher or musician
What are you most afraid of?
M: God also
What message would you send to all the children of the world?
B: Do well
M: Study well