Local Berber People Make Music. The Berbers are the ethnic group indigenous to North Africa west of the Nile Valley. They are distributed from the Atlantic Ocean to the Siwa oasis in Egypt, and from the Mediterranean Sea to the Niger River. Historically they spoke, Berber languages which together form the "Berber branch" of the Afro-Asiatic language family. Since the Muslim conquest of North Africa in the 7th Century, a large portion of Berbers have spoken varieties of Maghrebi Arabic, either by choice or obligation. Foreign languages like French and Spanish, inherited from former European colonial powers, are used by most educated Berbers in Algeria, Morocco, and Tunisia in some formal contexts such as higher education or business.
Today, most Berber-speaking people live in Algeria and Morocco. Image: Frans Lemmens