Tuareg women play the imzad, a single stranded lute; men sing about heroic warriors. Fatima Alamine makes imzads in Tamanrasset, Algeria. It is traditionally played during courtship meetings.
The Tuareg trace their ancestry back to Queen Tin Hinan. Few women in Tamanrasset continue to play the Imzad; UNESCO adds it to the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity list. Farida Sellal creates a non-governmental organization dedicated to preserving culture and music.
In Tamanrasset, older more experienced players teach others how to play the imzad. Takhemkhemt celebrates ancient warriors. Dar Imzad offers free monthly performances; the imzad band incorporates guitars.
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The women who are working to bring back the imzad's music and mastery as Algeria's Tuareg abandon their nomadic lifestyle to live in cities, forgetting its traditions and talents.
Length: 23 minutes
Copyright date: ©2019
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