Berber culture probably dates back more than 5,000 years and the Berbers were the inhabitants of North Africa long before some Arab tribes arrived . The Berber belongs to the Afro-Asiatic group linguistically and has many dialects and accents closely related . His music is widely variable across the area they inhabit, but is best known for its place in the Moroccan music , the popular Kabyle and Chaoui music of Algeria and the widespread Tuareg music of Algeria, Burkina Faso , Niger and Mali.
Ancient Berber culture is stylistically diverse, with music ranging from the oboe and bagpipes to pentatonic music all combined with African rhythms and an important stock of oral literature . [2 ] These ancient music traditions have been kept alive by small bands of musicians who travel from town to town to entertain weddings and other social events with songs, stories and poetry. The real core of Berber music remains within the traditional community settings . The Berber language is related to both Semitic languages , including Arabic , Hebrew and Aramaic , and ancient Egyptian , Coptic, and languages spoken at Cushitic Ethiopia and Somalia.
Much of the most interesting Berber music is not pop at all, but rather the people and the urban popular music. [ According to whom? ] Aesthetics and style aside , it is important to understand [ according to whom? ] That whole issue of Berber music and culture is inevitably colored by the struggle of many years of Berber people to achieve basic language rights and recognition of identity in modern societies of North Africa .