Fadma El Ouariachi
(1957) is a self-willed word artist. She was born in the North-Moroccan Farkhana, a village near Nador. In 1998 she published her collection Yesremd - ayi wawar (Educated by language). The collection was written in the Tarafit language. With these poems she established her reputation as a poet, as they were received with much praise. Well-known artistst from the Rif, like Khalid Izri, Ithran, Mimoun Rafroua en Irizam use some of her poems as texts for their songs. Her poems are emancipatory: she wants to break taboos around women and the Amazigh language. Fadma El Ouariachi works as a researcher at the IRCAM, the Royal Institute of the Amazigh culture.
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The way Fadma El Ouariachi reads is impressive. This poet from the Rif mountains writes poems in Tamazight, the language of the Berbers of North Africa. Young Dutch poet Khadija al Mourabit writes poets in this language. They performed together with Abdelkader Benali. He read poems from his recently published anthology Panacee. Specially for Winternachten he translated some of his poems into Tamazight. They spoke about the significance of the use of the Berber language in their work. In Morocco the language was kept out of public life for centuries, but recently is receives government support. Dutch translations.