Sound Routes by Dudu Bongo

Back in 2016 we got in touch with a mutual friend's friend, Dudu Bongo formally known as Edu Alves, who at that time was studying sound engineering in London and was beginning to craft his own instruments. We immediately connected while discovering our mutual boundless curiosity for new sounds and cultures. All pieces came together when he told us he was planning a trip to Morocco, to document the craft-making of the Guembri, a traditional Moroccan instrument. At that precise moment, the project Sound Routes was born.

Sound Routes is a collection of field recordings and generally curious sounds, that Dudu has been, is and will be gathering as long as his curiosity and budget lets him. We invite you to join us for this sensory trip around this little and fascinating globe that we got to live in!

Interactive Map

This map will show you all spots where Dudu Bongo has captured interesting sounds, sometimes accompanied by a short text or a picture. Feel free to share your favourite sounds and support Dudu Bongo's journey!

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Marrakech

Walking through the Souk, slowly into the hectic square with street musicians

Ouarzazate - Kids Singing III (Taourirt Kashbah) Arab Kids Morocco Ouarzazate Singing

Ouarzazate

Kids singing in Arab in the Taourit Kashbah, Ouarzazate.

Essaouira - Streets of Essaouira (composition) Adhan Arab Chatter Essaouira Kids Morocco

Essaouira

Walking through the streets of Essaouira.

Marrakech

Walking through the famous and hectic Jemaa El-Fna square.

Taghazout - Orange Squeezer Kitchen Morocco Squeezer Taghazout

Taghazout

Orange squeezer.

Essaouira - Hassan Laarousi playing the Guembri (Yellow Workshop) Essaouira Gnawa Guembri Morocco

Essaouira

Hassan Laarousi playing one of his hand-made Guembris at his Yellow Workshop in Essaouira.

Marrakesh - Adhan I (Asr [afternoon] - Palais Bahia) Adhan Marrakech Morocco Muslim Prayer

Marrakech

Adhan prayer in the afternoon from the Palais Bahia.

Taghazout

Djembe playing, gentle waves and kids in the background.

Essaouira - Ghaita, hornpipe player (Moulay Hassan Square) Essaouira Ghaita Hornpipe Morocco Street Musician

Essaouira

Street musician playing his hand-made Ghaita (hornpipe) in Moulay Hassan Square (Essaouira).

Marrakesh - Jemaa El​-​Fna II (from Argana Café) Marrakech Morocco Pedestrians Percussion Snake Charmer Street Musician

Marrakech

Hectic Jemaa El-Fna square, from the Argana Café's terrace.

Taghazout - Seaside & Adhan (Maghrib [sunset] - terrace) Adhan Morocco Muslim Sea Sunset Taghazout Waves

Taghazout

Seaside gentle waves and Adhan. Sunset from a terrace.

Tafedna - Frogs in a pond Animals Frogs Morocco Nature Tafedna

Tafedna

Frogs having a chat in Tafedna.

Marrakesh - Metalworking souk & open air souk (calm) Marrakech Metalwork Morocco Pedestrians Souk Traffic

Marrakech

Walking through the calmed Souks, metalworkers, passers and motorbikes.

Taghazout - Lithophone (Stone Xylophone) Litophone Morocco Sea Singing Stone Taghazout Waves

Taghazout

Playing a custom Litophone on the beach of Taghazout. Gentle waves and wind in the background.

Tafedna - Frogs and Ney (Dialogue) Animals Frogs Instrument Morocco Music Nature Ney Tafedna

Tafedna

Frogs having a chat and me playing the Ney in Tafedna.

Marrakesh - Adhan II (Maghrib [sunset] - Koutubia from Avenue El Mouahidini) Adhan Marrakech Morocco Pedestrians Percussion Prayer Street Musician Sunset Traffic

Marrakech

Watching the sunset and listening the Adhan near the Koutoubia.

Paradise Valley - Flowing Water Morocco Paradise Valley Stone Water

Paradise Valley

Water flowing between rocks in the Paradise Valley.

Marrakesh - Kids playing in the street I French Kids Marrakech Morocco Playing

Marrakech

Kids playing in the streets, short salutation in French.

Paradise Valley - Throwing stones into the Water Drop Morocco Paradise Valley Stone Water

Paradise Valley

Throwing stones into the water in the Paradise Valley.

Marrakesh - Kids playing in the street II French Kids Marrakech Morocco Motorbike Playing Running

Marrakech

Kids running in the streets, motorbike passing by.

Bus from Taghazout to Agadir Agadir Arab Bus Chatter Français Morocco Music Radio Taghazout

Paradise Valley

Radio in the bus from Taghazout to Agadir. Short chatter in French.

Marrakesh - Adhan III (Asr [afternoon] - Koutoubia) Adhan Marrakech Morocco Prayer

Marrakech

Listening the Adhan in front of the Koutoubia. Afternoon.

Essaouira

Bus engine and Radio inside the Bus from Agadir to Essaouira.

Marrakesh - Jemaa El​-​Fna III (Tbal + Qrareb) Marrakech Morocco Pedestrians Percussion Qrareb Street Musician Tbal

Marrakech

Tbal and Qrareb street players in Jemaa El-Fna square.

Essaouira - Live Music Bar Ambient (first beer in a week) Chatter English Essaouira Morocco Music

Essaouira

Having a beer in Essaouira, pop music in the background and indistinct chatter in American English.

Marrakesh - Adhan IV (Maghrib [sunset] - Unknown location] Adhan Marrakech Morocco Pedestrians Prayer Sunset

Marrakech

Listening to the Adhan prayer in an unkown location.

Essaouira - Port of Essaouira Chatter Essaouira Kids Morocco Port Seagulls Waves

Essaouira

Kids playing and running in the Port of Essaouira. Gentle waves, seagulls and indistinct chatter in the background.

Marrakesh - Adhan V (Isha'a [night] - Unknown location) Adhan Kids Marrakech Morocco Night Pedestrians Prayer

Marrakech

Listening to the Adhan prayer in an unkown location. Night time.

Essaouira - Kids Arguing Arab Argument Chatter Essaouira Kids Morocco

Essaouira

Kids arguing in the streets of Essaouira.

Ouarzazate - Taxi from Marrakesh to Ouarzazate Arab Cars Conversation Morocco Ouarzazate Taxi

Ouarzazate

Traveling in a taxi to Ouarzazate. Conversation in Arab.

Essaouira - Le Phil Collins Marocain (Moulay Hassan Square) English Essaouira Morocco Phil Collins Singing

Essaouira

Street vendor singing 'In the air tonight' by Phil Collins (hugest fan in Morocco).

Essaouira - Seagulls Birds Morocco Nature Sea Water

Essaouira

Seagulls flying by in Essaouira

Ouarzazate - After Lunch (coffee + treasury management) Conversation Morocco Ouarzazate Paper Spanish Traffic Treasury

Ouarzazate

Conversation in Spanish about treasury. Coffee terrace with light traffic.

Essaouira - Adhan VIII (Maghrib [sunset] - Seagulls and distant drums) Adhan Birds Drums Essaouira Morocco Muslim Seagulls Street Musician Sunset

Essaouira

Sunset Adhan prayer. Seagulls, birds and street drum players in the background.

Marrakesh - Moroccan Traffic (Bab Doukkala) Cars Marrakech Morocco Traffic

Marrakech

Heavy traffic in Bab Doukkala

Ouarzazate - Kids Singing I (Taourirt Kashbah) Arab Kids Morocco Ouarzazate Singing

Ouarzazate

Kids singing in Arab in the Taourit Kashbah, Ouarzazate.

Ida ou Gourd

Man talking through an amplifier, radio and donkey park in Souk Larbaa (Ida ou Gourd).

Marrakesh - Construction Site (Bab Doukkala) Construction Kids Marrakech Morocco Shovel

Marrakech

Workers using shovels and kids passing by

Ouarzazate - Kids Singing II (Taourirt Kashbah) Arab Kids Morocco Ouarzazate Singing

Ouarzazate

Kids singing in Arab in the Taourit Kashbah, Ouarzazate.

Ida ou Gourd

Man talking through an amplifier, radio and donkey park in Souk Larbaa (Ida ou Gourd).

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Maghreb / Morocco

"In July 2016, I spent two weeks in Morocco gathering a variety of sounds that resulted interesting to me. Together with the photographer and filmmaker Ana Larruy, we documented our journey acquainting music and culture from the country, as well as peculiar soundscapes that may be valuable for its further usage in music production and filmmaking.

From Marrakesh, crossing the Atlas to the desert and from there to the coast of Essaouira, we collected a handful of delightful and interesting recordings from the mystic and colorful Morocco."

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