It was said : “If the East is the place of Prophets, the West is the place for Saints”.
Moroccan Sufi traditions date back to the the 7th century AD and visitors to present day Fès still hear the songs of various brotherhoods in the evening, floating in the air of the streets of the most famous Medina in Maghreb.
The Chorfas Skalli family of Fès are descendants of the revered Saint Moulay Ahmed Skalli. The Moulay Ahmed Skalli zaouïa (religious school) was founded in the 17th century and it remains a place where people regularly practice the dhikr (invocations) and the samaâ (songs). The invocations and the songs follow a precise rhythm that leads to ecstatic trance ( jadbah ), under the control of a moqqademor, an audience member sitting in the middle of the circle of disciples.
Marouane Hajji (born in Fès in 1987) is directly connected to this tradition. His training started at a very young age, and he quickly learned how to get into the ecstatic state of mind required to perform this sacred repertoire.