Moroccan music is characterized by its great diversity from one region to another. It includes Arabic music as the chaâbi and the aita of the Atlantic plains (Doukkala-Abda, Chaouia-Ouardigha, Rehamna ...), the melhoune of the Andalusian cities (Meknes, Fes, Salé, Tetouan, Oujda...) as well as the Hassani in the Moroccan Sahara. There is also Amazigh music such as the Rif reggada, the ahidus of the Middle Atlas and the Souss ahwash. In addition, young people synthesize the Moroccan spirit with influences from around the world (blues, rock, metal, reggae, Moroccan rap, etc.). Each genre and musical group is made up of regional subgroups, and is further divided between 'modern' and 'traditional' music.
Andalusian classical music (Arabic: طرب أندَلُسي, موسيقى الآلة لاب transliterated ṭarab andalusi or Musiqa al-Ala, Spanish: música andalusí) is a style of Arabic music found in different styles across the Maghreb (Morocco, and to a lesser degree in Algeria, Tunisia, and Libya in the form of the Ma'luf style). It originated out of the music of Al-Andalus (Muslim Iberia) between the 9th and 15th centuries. Some of its poems were found to be composed by authors such as Al-Shushtari, Ibn al-Khatib and Al-Mu'tamid ibn Abbad.
There are varieties of Berber folk music: village music and music.
Chaabi (Arabic: الشعبي, popular in English) is a music consisting of numerous varieties which descend from the multifarious forms of Moroccan folk music. Chaabi was originally performed in markets, but is now found at any celebration or meeting.
Classical Malhun is peaceful and very interesting to listen to. It has been played around in the streets of Morocco for over a thousand years. It is very common music to hear in Morocco.
Celine is a popular poprock artist in Morocco.
Morocco has a small metal scene with bands like Sakadoya and Analgesia being the most prominent.
Rap and reggae have become more dominant in contemporary Morocco. Artists such as Muslim, Dizzy DROS and Dub Afrika have gained international popularity. They are most known for their song, Rissala.
Mehdi Hattabi (born July 7), better known by his stage name Dub Afrika, is a Moroccan singer, mixer, and dancer. Dub Afrika started his musical career on the streets and soon rose to fame. In 2009, he became a member of Cosa Nostra, a successful group. They released an album in 2009 which includes the songs, "Positive Time" and "Made in Morocco."
In 2011, he left Cosa Nova to begin his solo career as a reggae artist with his first single "Mama, I Love You." Since then he has been continuously producing successful hits such as "Sky is the Limit" and "Bless." He has also collaborated with artists such as Nabyl Chouftchouf, Spliff Killa, and most notably, Muslim.