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University of Amsterdam (2019)

Casablanca jungle : music and positive youth development in Morocco

Rhannam M. 

Titre : Casablanca jungle : music and positive youth development in Morocco

Auteur : Rhannam M. 

Université de soutenance : University of Amsterdam

Grade : Master thesis in International Development 2019

This thesis will be discussing the impact of music engagement on urban youth in Morocco, and more particularly the ways in which music contributes to the empowerment of this population. It will also explore its implications on development strategies in the country. Multiple studies have discussed the evolution of hip-hop in Morocco, however they have failed to encompass the impact of this genre (and other genres as well) on the urban youth of the country. For these purposes, this research aims at uncovering the imprints of music in this day and age on the Moroccan urban youth, both musicians and music aficionados, in the current political and social climates of Morocco. This research is based on an ethnographic study of music-related events (concerts, workshops and open mics) in Casablanca. In order to understand this population segment, qualitative interviews were conducted ; all of which demonstrate to some extent the ways in which music empowered, individually or collectively, the aforementioned participants. It seems that music acts more as a “bandaid” for the Moroccan urban youth, as shall be presented throughout this research. Considering the inexistence of a functioning music industry in the country as well as a brittle educational system, this thesis calls for governmental strategies to re-evaluate the importance of arts within education, setting them at the forefront of development strategies in light of the development pathways this could open up for Morocco.


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