Chikha Aicha El Hertitia – Âaita Baidaouiya

chikha-aicha-hmv.jpgNorth Africa was a busy hub of early recording, with nearly every major label conducting numerous sessions in Morocco, Algeria, and Tunisia throughout the late 1920s and 1930s. (Because of its independence in 1951, 78s recorded in Libya remain a little bit of a mystery, although some do exist.) Interestingly, most of HMV’s Moroccan sessions appeared on their amazing, catch-all “K” series, which featured material from locales as disparate as Algeria, Cuba, Madagascar, and Auvergne, just to name a few places of interest.

This fantastic and spirited jam was recorded between July 22nd and July 24th, 1929, by Gramophone engineer Harold Fleming on a trip to Casablanca. The title, in fact, is a transliteration of the Arabic “Are you from Casablanca?” The female singers are accompanied by violin and percussion (bongos or a dumbek).

Chikha Aicha El Hertitia – Âaita Baidaouiya

(Thanks to Abdelali for the title translation.)

Technical Notes
Label: HMV
Coupling Number: K-4631
Face Number: 50-2114-G
Matrix Number: BS-4219
Other: M3-43689

3 thoughts on “Chikha Aicha El Hertitia – Âaita Baidaouiya

  1. This (like all these posts) is totally great. Betcha it was THIS kinda stuff that was blowing Isabelle Eberhardt’s mind as she trekked across N. Africa at the turn of the century, egging her on to travel just a little further down those winding roads.

  2. thanks mrowster – glad you enjoyed this one. i definitely hope to post more north african material as time goes on. your blog has most definitely been added, by the by…!

  3. Hello Dear,
    Outstanding Post! I will be grateful if you republish any song of her or kindly provide with more info on how to get that “Vinyl”. Neat 😉
    Kind regards.

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