Cafe Clock Marrakech\’s grand opening, last night, featured Traditional al-Halqa Storytelling, gnawa music and almond milkshakes for all. Clock\’s traditional al-Halqa storytelling was inaugurated by Richard Hamilton, author of The Last Storytellers, who explained to a crowded house that \”the brain naturally seeks out the narrative.\” The star of the evening, Ahmed Ezzarghani–a retired storyteller from Jema el-Fna\’a square and who has told traditional Moroccan tales for decades–regaled the half-Moroccan and half-foreign crowd with a story told in Arabic. He was preceded by three young apprentices who told their tales beautifully in English and who have been diligently training with the master for the past two months in preparation for this event. Malika\’s tale reminded the audience that women are indeed trickier than men; Oussama shared the fable in which a monster comes out of a wall to make magical fish come alive again; and Sara wove a story of a gareb, or water-seller, who dodged a certain death because of his faith in God. Finally, the master storyteller Ahmed told a final story to the delight of the crowd. The storytelling will be a weekly occurrence. Join us next Thursday from 5-7 p.m. to hear all new fables in English and in Arabic.
The storytelling is only one of two events Clock is presenting in partnership with the Marrakech Biennale. The other, Sunday Sunset Concerts, begins on Sunday, March 2nd from 4-6 p.m. While a Gnawa band performs, Casablanca Graffiti artist, Rebel Spirit will adorn an outside wall with an original creation. This art and music performance is presented with Clock by the Yakin & Boaz Gallery of Casablanca.
Owner Mike Richardson brings Cafe Clock to the Marrakech Kasbah after six years of cross-cultural activities and delicious cafe food in the heart of the Fez Medina. Clock \’Kech brings a familiar menu, including it\’s renowned camel burger, breakfast served all day, numerous vegetarian options, and almond milkshakes. Marrakshis and foreign guest alike will have the opportunity to participate in cooking school, Sunday Sunset concerts, traditional al-Halqa storytelling, yoga, belly dance and much much more. To view the detailed schedule click here.
Cafe Clock\’s opening week schedule is Wednesday to Sunday from noon to 10 p.m. We look forward to your visit!