El Borrache: The Songs of Women

El Borrache: is it just a form of cultural heritage, spontaneously transmitted between women? Or is it a way to reappropriate an expression of freedom that had been hijacked by male culture? This podcast explores an artistic cultural expression, praciticed by women in the southern and western regions of Tunisia. An expression deeply rooted in the history of the country and its geographical scope. 
31 March 2021
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Le Borrache, est-ce juste un héritage que les femmes se transmettent spontanément, ou est-ce une manière de se réapproprier une liberté confisquée par une culture masculine? Ce podcast évoque une expression culturelle artistique choisie par les femmes des régions du sud et de l'ouest de la Tunisie. Une expression profondément ancrée dans sa profondeur historique et sa portée géographique.
Created by
Rabeb Srairi
Montage, mixing and sound design
Oussema Gaidi
Editorial support
Bochra Triki
Tayma Ben Ahmed

" El Borrache" was a steady companion throughout Rabeb Srairi's childhood. These short songs, accompanied by light percussion, are sung by women living in rural areas. Where is it from? What stories do they tell?

Rabeb Srairi met up with some of these women and experts to find out more. She learned that Bourrache, beyond the  popular music, also reflected political, private and public opinions, and the songs often convey messages of freedom and revolt.

What if Bourrache was also a way to reappropriate an expression of freedom that had been hijacked by male culture?

Episode guests:

Ali Saidane: researcher specialised in cultural heritage

Jlidi Laouini: poet and song writer

Aida Jebahi: poet and folk singer

Faouzia Harrabi: poet and folk singer

Halima Ziada: Amazigh from Zraoua, Tunisia

Zohra Lajnef: artist and music teacher

Manoubia Harmi: in charge of libraries and archives at the Center for Arab and Mediterranean Music, Ennejma Ezzahra, Tunisia

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