Morocco’s Harp Instrument Society (HIS), an association of musicians, producers, composers and sound engineers, has launched the Harp Music Project, a new initiative to develop a harp instrument that will be able to play popular songs from around the world.
The project will be based on Morocco’s national and regional harp tradition and will include musicians, compositors and sound designers, according to the Moroccan Ministry of Culture.
The first project is to be performed at the end of this year and will be open to the public, according the project website.
The group hopes to develop this instrument and its instrumentation, including its design, performance, and performance characteristics.
“Morocco harpsongs were created by a group of Moroccan musicians and producers who created unique and distinctive harps for the local people,” reads the website.
“These harps were also used in the production of some of the best music of the world, including jazz, classical, and country music.
We believe that the harps of Morocco deserve to be listened to again and again.”
The project is the first of its kind in Morocco, which has had its harps on the UNESCO World Heritage List since 1993.
“The Moroccan harps are one of the most important cultural instruments in Morocco and represent the best of Moroccan tradition,” the project states.
“We want to develop and develop the harp and our instrumentation.”
The harps and instruments will be displayed in Morocco’s National Music Museum and the Museum of Music, Culture and History, and will also be featured in the National Symphony Orchestra, according TOGA.
The website notes that the Harper and harp instruments are not limited to musical performances, but also “will be used in visual and theatrical works.”
According to TOGA, Morocco has “one of the largest harps collections in the world,” and is also “one the world’s leading harps producers.”
It also highlights that Moroccan harp musicians have been instrumental in the development of Moroccan music.
In 2013, Moroccan musician and composer Houssa El-Kebiri created the Harpers and Harp.
“Houssa worked with the government to set up the National Harpers Program, which aims to make Morocco a national harper center, as well as the National harper Museum, the national music center, and the National symphony orchestra,” reads TOGA’s description of the project.
The Morocco Harp Orchestra (MHA) was founded in 1997.
“MHA is an orchestra composed of the national and local orchestras of Morocco, composed of musicians of all levels and from all genres,” reads an MHA website.
MHA plays at all national and national music festivals, including the National Music Festival.
“It has performed at many major festivals in the past, including Boudicca Festival, Boudica Festival, Dauphin Festival, Ligue Nationale, L’Harmattan Festival, National Festival, and Oubliette Festival,” according to TOGAS.
“Since its inception, MHA has developed its own repertoire of national and international standards of music, which is very popular in the Moroccan musical scene.”
Moroccan musicians have also created a new type of harp, known as a “harpoon,” which is a hybrid of the harpa and harps, and it was developed by the Morocco National Harp Society.
The Moroccan Harp Association (NHAS) is also planning to produce a harper instrument, a Harp, to use in music education.
“NHAAS is dedicated to creating a sound system that will enhance the sound of the Moroccan harpa, and we are actively looking to create instruments that will provide a new kind of instrument for our music education,” reads a news release on the website of the NHAS.
The Harpers project is also an effort to showcase the sound quality of Morocco’s existing harps as well, and has already been awarded several awards.
In 2017, Moroccan musicians received the World Music Award for the Harps and Instruments, which was presented by UNESCO, the World Conservatory of Music and the Moroccan Government, according a press release.
Morocco has the highest number of recorded harps in the World, according UNESCO.
In 2014, the Morocco Chamber Orchestra received the “World Music Award” for the “harmonies of the Harpas.”
Morocco’s music heritage has been protected for more than a century, according ToGA.
“While many of our countries are working to preserve and conserve the Moroccan music heritage, it is important that we continue to develop the cultural and musical heritage of Morocco,” reads ToGA’s press release on Moroccan harper instruments.
“As music producers and musicians, we will continue to support this work and create new harp sounds.”
Morocco has more than 20,000 harps instruments in its repertoire, according The Morocco National Symphony, and a national museum is dedicated solely to the harpers.