Discovering "MIMOUNA"

by Avner Azoulay


The Mimouna appeared in Morocco shortly after the arrival of the Jews expelled from Spain in 1492.
It has been thought of, and wanted like a call of the heart, like a song of hope, by this community, who suffered disgrace, repression and pyres in Spain. Expelled on the night of the first Passover Seder, by the orders of King Ferdinand of Aragon and his wife Queen Isabella of Castile, the Jews arrived in Morocco in haste, just like their ancestors, hastily leaving Egypt and Pharaohs.

These early Sephardic Jews in the land of Islam instinctively joined together and gathered their few resources to spend together the Passover festival with dignity. At the end of the eighth and last day of Passover, still in a state of shock, they chose to meet again to appease their anguish around a festive meal. On the menu: Spanish culinary specialties based on wheat flour and bread accompanied by musical instruments and liturgical songs in Ladino from their native Spain.

Later in history, they will adopt the culinary specialties and the musical style of Morocco.

Thus was born that singular night of "Mimouna" deriving its etymology from the Hebrew word "Emuna" which means faith. This festive evening is intended to revive faith in hearts, to give hope in better days.

The playlist below offers a musical journey, to the rhythm of the melodies of the Mimouna. These tunes take us back to the warm atmosphere of this popular festival, now spread all over the world, and recognized in Israel as a national holiday during which communities of all origins gather in music around a good meal .
Happy Mimouna !

Listen to the radio show : The Oriental festival (special Mimouna) - hosted by Maurice Azoulay

Listen to

In case the music player doesn't open, you must allow the opening of pop-ups for the website in your browser settings.

  • Medley Mimouna - Groupe Marrakech

  • Avraham Avinou - Elie Melloul

  • Ysmah Moshe et Achorere Chira - Haim Louk

  • Mahani Zine - Emile Zrihen

  • Ahlan Ouasahlan (musique d’ouverture de la Mimouna) - Groupe Sfataim

  • Tixbilla - Mike Karouchi

  • Enhabek Enhabek - Pinhas Cohen

  • Lalla Mimouna - Chorale Juive Marocaine

  • Bint Bladi - Groupe Marrakech

  • Flamenco Judio marroqui - Emil Zrihan

Lire tout

You may also like

Symposium and concerts Vox Aurea-Via Sacra 2014 - Sacred Jewish music

Sunday September 7th, 2014, 18200 Saint-Armand Montrond Sacred music holds an essential place in Jewish music history. All day long, conferences (…)

The night of theology - 4th edition

Thursday January 30th, 2020 from 7 pm to 11h30 pm. An evening dedicated to relations between music and religion, and then to the ecological (…)

Jewish Music: When Singular is Plural

Wednesday November 6, 2019, 6 pm a lecture by Hervé Roten, Director of the European Institute of Jewish Music, at the Pontifical Gregorian (…)

Jacques Offenbach and friends - From the Synagogue to the Opera

NEW RELEASE AT THE EIJM’S PUBLISHING HOUSE. This CD makes us discover the original Hebrew works of Isaac and Jacques Offenbach, Giacomo Meyerbeer, (…)

Symposium in Hannover : Magnified and Sanctified, The Music of Jewish Prayer II

From the 9th to the 12th September 2019 at the Hannover university (GERMANY), international symposium on Jewish liturgical music. Hervé Roten, (…)