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Moroccan Zamar

Zamar (Rif, Morocco), 1900-1950. © Gabriel Serra

Zamar (Rif, Morocco), 1900-1950. © Gabriel Serra

The zamar is on display in the first audiovisual area. Instruments similar to the zamar have been found in ancient Egypt and Greece, and also in the Islamic world, Africa and Asia. Today some instruments like this are still in existence, such as the reclam de xerimies from Ibiza or the alboka from the Basque Country. It is a double clarinet consisting of two parallel tubes. The sound is generated by a single reed within each tube. The two horns act as a bell to diffuse the sound.


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