Chaabi (lit. "popular"[1]) refers to several types of popular music of Morocco, combining rural and urban folk music.[2][3]

The genre started out as street music performed in squares and souks, and can be heard in cafés, at restaurants and at weddings.[2]

Rural varieties include Jerra and al-Aïta (lit. "the cry"[4]).

Several artists performing this genre are known, such as Hajib, Abdelaziz Stati, Najat Aatabou, Saïd Senhaji and Khalid Bennani.


  1. ^ Ellingham, Mark; McVeigh, Shaun; Grisbrook, Don (1994-01-01). Morocco: the rough guide. Rough Guides. p. 523. ISBN 9781858280400.
  2. ^ a b Gauldie, Robin (2017-05-30). Morocco. New Holland Publishers. p. 28. ISBN 9781847730954.[permanent dead link]
  3. ^ Broughton, Simon; Ellingham, Mark; Trillo, Richard (1999). World Music: Africa, Europe and the Middle East. Rough Guides. p. 572. ISBN 9781858286358.
  4. ^ Tchebwa, Manda (2005). African music: new challenges, new vocations. UNESCO. p. 27.