We wandered through the crowds avoiding the piles of wares they were selling from rugs on the ground, to find somewhere for lunch. A bit late… many cafes were shut ,but we found a place in a small Square and while we ate were serenaded by a trio playing violin like instruments and a tambourine.
Chem Bleu - Great Location
Gnaoua Festival Gets Under Way
There was a band playing their traditional wind instrument which sounds like an oboe with a similar reed Two characters on stilts sported huge sombrero hats....making them easy to pick out. And the music went on. The rather moth eaten looking camel that went with the 4 puppets was amusing. We could see the workings as people wheeled him through the crowd. A quite ingenious contraption.
The Music Festival is an annual event and the local traditional castanets, drums, stringed instruments a bit like rough violins are all played, while a singer sings a line and everyone replies.
We found groups would start around the town in corners, at the end of our alley to Chem Bleu….anywhere there was a space.