This web site is dedicated to the tunisian Stambeli

Like the Diwan in Algeria or the Derdeba of the famous Gnawas in Morroco, Stambeli (or Stambali) is a healing trance music created by the descendants of Sub-saharan slaves brought to Tunisia. The word “Stambeli” designates the cult and the music which is played during the ceremonies alike. Although Stambeli is nowadays a dying tradition, it reminds one of the most fascinating music in Tunisia...

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In this part you will find articles, stories and audio-visuals documents concerning the Stambeli and the history of the Black Tunisians community.

One goal of this web site is to create a gateway between music fans and the world of social sciences scholars.

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Based on nearly two years of participation in the musical, ritual, and social worlds of stambeli musicians, Jankowsky’s study ex- plores the way the music evokes the cross-cultural, migratory past of its originators and their encounters with the Arab-Islamic world in which they found themselves...

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Along with a 48 pages color booklet, the disc presents a unique and to now unreleased sample of a vast repertoire consisting of songs praising the “white” saints of the Maghrebic Islam and evocations of “black” sub-Saharan spirits in Hausa or Kanuri languages...

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An exceptionnal audio and visual document !

An original ethnographic work


Shot in Tunis in March 2011, "The spleen of yenna" gives an overview of the tunisian stambeli. Between nostalgia and hope, Salah el Ouergli shares with us some secrets about his unusual destiny and questions the future of this therapeutic tradition...

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A portrait of Salah el-Ouergli

The spleen of the yenna


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