In Arab culture, the zaffa (Arabic: زفـّـة / ALA-LC: zaffah), or wedding march, is a musical procession of bendir drums, bagpipes, horns, belly dancers and men carrying flaming swords. This announces that the marriage is about to begin. This is an ancient tradition, possibly predating Islam.
When the procession reaches its destination, there is usually a party, more loud noises, and then dinner.
On the Medici University campus today, Emma Maybe has reimagined the Zaffa with her Tuesday “Rooftop Raves,” a collection of drums, bagpipes, horns, belly dancers and men with flaming swords. There is no documentation of any marriages having taken place on Maybe’s rooftop, but reports from that area have always been sketchy.
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