Sounds of Marrakesh MOROCCO

Sounds of Marrakesh MOROCCO

The right to be a child.

The Gnawa ceremony music and dance call spirits of forefathers’ saints – they are able to drive away the evil, cure nervous system disorders or even neutralize the lethal scorpion venom. Young Moroccans, who will present this ritual at Brave Kids, come from a small town of Oulad Berhil, situated to the south of Marrakech, in a valley among mountains surrounded by a desert. That is where the Youth Association for Culture and Development operates – its members, cultivating the traditions of south Morocco, motivate the youngest ones to learn and participate in cultural events of its region. Art teaches the children how to express their feelings and dreams, the children also gain hope for a change of their economic and social situation. In their world this is especially difficult, as the adults, occupied with their work all day long, usually must earn a living for multi-children families, and the average amount of their salary is not higher than a few Euros per day. Hence, it is the responsibility of the youngest ones, who feel obliged to provide material help to their parents, to take care of the household and try to earn some extra money. The group’s leader,  Abderrahim Ousalem, says that the Association is trying to help the youngest ones restore their childhood without the feeling of responsibility for the world of adults. Hence, it encourages its members to get education, because only education can stop the vicious circle of poverty.