Stambeli: In search of the origins

There are many myths surrounding Stambeli, a sound that is sometimes disturbing due to its rhythms, codes and mystical trances. In this episode, Rabeb Srairi plunges us into the universe of this music, with its multiple identities. Interspersed with contributions from specialists in the field, this episode takes us to the doorstep of Dar Barnou, one of the six Stambeli houses in Tunisia.
07 May 2021
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Created by
Rabeb Srairi
Rabeb Srairi
Editing - Mixing - Sound design
Oussema Gaidi
Bochra Triki
Tayma Ben Ahmed

In the collective imagination, Stambeli refers to "an African style of music that the 'Ajam' (non-Arab) introduced from the lands of the Blacks".

In this episode, Rabeb Srairi sets out on the traces of this music, challenging the preconceived ideas and prejudices that surround it.

Her research reveals a complex and multiple identity, linking it to the northward migration to escape from the white slave-owning colonialists, as well as a fusion between pagan rites and Muslim religious obligations.

Rabeb dissects the different symbolism of the rhythms and instruments: Chkacheks, Qreqeb, Guembri, Banga... and takes us to Dar Barnou, one of the six Stambeli houses in Tunisia where music is a family affair, and a fragile and sometimes difficult heritage to perpetuate. 

Episode guests:  

Brahim Bahloul: researcher in Tunisian musical heritage

Zouheir Gouja: musicologist and musician

Belhassen Mihoub: Guembri player from Dar Barnou


Tbarbich is an monthly series, exploring the very heart of Tunisian popular culture and its various forms of expression. Folk tales, songs, dances and well-known characters - immerse yourself in the stories that have been collecting dust in the scattered corners of the Tunisian collective memory. 

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