The role of civil society is crucial for the preservation of heritage.
Having been invited to the 10th National Diwan Music Festival, I led a conference entitled “The Imzad, the story of a journey” on the process that led to the classification in 2013 of this traditional Tuareg instrument as a world heritage site. . Convinced that The goal of my speech was quite simply to realize “Dar Diwan” using the example of “Dar el Imzad”. Diwane is just as important.
Note: For all the events organized by the association “Save the Imzad”, each year, an action plan is suggested. A general assembly is organized for approval of the action plan.
All of Imzad’s meetings, from design to production, as well as the photos and videos are the property of Farida Sellal, who has always assigned its copyright for the benefit of the association “Save the Imzad”, which she chairs.
Where does Imzad come from? We hardly know. Where is the Imzad going? It is not for us to say?
The creators are there for that. However, what can we say and what can we do?
Ensure that the Imzad, facing the 21st century, is protected from the two pitfalls that threaten it: falling into disuse or losing its soul. This is what the Association has been doing since 2003. Indeed, since 2003 the Association “Saving the Imzad” has been committed to saving the IMZAD, a traditional Touareg musical instrument. With the organization of this first meeting in 2005, the association called on researchers from the scientific world, UNESCO and the Algerian Ministry of Culture to establish a real strategy for the preservation of this legendary instrument.
Cultural, artistic and scientific approach is combined for the sake of communication. To promote this national heritage and enhance an element of identity that is on the way to extinction, conferences and researchers have been selected, including Pr. Edda Brandes, Pr. Mourad Yelles, Pr. Pierre Augier, Dr. François Borel, Pr. Caroline Card Wendt, Dr. Cyril Isnart, Pr. Mohamed Aghal-Zakra, Dr. Faïza Arkam etc…who has enriched this meeting with scientific expertise allowing to consolidate the measurement of the stake surrounding the Imzad. How to mobilize cultural resources according to principles of protection and preservation of their deep essence? How to base the safeguard of a heritage of oral tradition on a perennial preservation? Questions that I answered in my communication … It was on 11/11/2011 in the province headquarter with Saïd Méziane the 11th governor.
For the past five years, the reality has been more alive than ever. We are here debating from tradition to modernity: What is “saving the Imzad” ? How much does “Save the Imzad” cost? A unique experience, as grandiose as rudimentary as the instrument itself! And, to go beyond these figures, saving the Imzad, reminds me of the poet Lapon Kumalau Tawali who said:
“One day I will reach the source again
There, were was my cradle
will welcome me»
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