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Fat and the masters of haha

FAT and the Masters of Haha was recorded in Agadir, Morocco in 1991 and was developed during FAT's numerous visits to Morocco during the previous three years. This was the final recorded album of FAT and was achieved with the collaboration of the Haha Berber group Aouad Mia and the renowned rebab player and arranger Raiss Lahcen Benlamouden along with other Berber singers and percussionists. While Aouad Mia does not typically play with rebab, the instrument is a cornerstone of southern Berber music and easily fits into the melodic tradition and timbre of the group. The collaboration between the two groups extended over a 2-year span and FAT lived for a period in Smimou, a Souss Valley town between Essaouira and Agadir and near Aouad Mia's hometown of Imi-N T'Lit. Aouad Mia has recorded and released extensively in Morocco. Their music is based on a large repertoire of melodic heads which are generally repeated in fast, repetitive loops. As a quartet of father / son on aouad (flute) and father / son on bendir (frame drums),  Aouad Mia's music is improvised but extremely tight and crisp and on the FAT and the Masters of Haha session joined by rebab and a torrent of Berber percussionists and background vocals.  

 
(Left to Right from bottom) Ben Lamouden, Jeff Noble, Rais M'Saud, Eric Rosenzveig, Rais Mia, Phil Giborski 

(Left to Right from bottom) Ben Lamouden, Jeff Noble, Rais M'Saud, Eric Rosenzveig, Rais Mia, Phil Giborski 

 
FAT with Aouad Mia, Benlamouden, Berber session musicians and engineer David Weber   

FAT with Aouad Mia, Benlamouden, Berber session musicians and engineer David Weber

 

Phil Giborski and Mia in Smimou market   

Phil Giborski and Mia in Smimou market

 

Having mint tea following rehearsal at home

Having mint tea following rehearsal at home

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