MALHUN: A CENTURIES-OLD MOROCCAN SUNG POETRY BRIDGING CLASSES AND DIALECTS

Malhun is a genre of sung poetry that has existed in Morocco for more than five centuries. The poetry is sung in colloquial Moroccan Arabic (Darija), and is associated with the working-class artisans in Morocco. The origins of the word Malhun point to the duality of the genre: some say it derives from the word laḥn, meaning “tune”, and others point to the word laḥana, meaning “grammatical errors.” Malhun continues to appeal to different classes in Morocco, from the royal family to the working class.

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