The first concert of the Fes Festival of Sufi Culture drew an over-capacity crowd to the Batha Museum. On a balmy Fez night the audience were treated to an extraordinary fusion of Flamenco and traditional samaa.
|Photo: Maha McCutcheon (Click on photo to enlarge)|
The blending of the mature voice of Curro Piñana and the that of the younger Marouane Hajji was a delight. It also gave insight into how the male voice improves with age. While taking nothing away from Marouane, Piñana produced a tsunami of sound with a rich depth that evoked pain, loss and the desire to find love with all the emotion that Flamenco can transmit.
For his part, Marouane soared to new heights with stunning breath control and exquisite timing. The audience was enthralled. The two singers, accompanied by a beautifully played kamanja (spike fiddle), percussion and virtuoso Spanish guitar received a deserved standing ovation.
The second part of the concert featured Hamam Khairy - "The voice of Aleppo". His flawless performance of Muwashahat was a much more traditional performance and though lacking the full ensemble he would normally perform with Hamam won the crowd over with his warmth and obvious love of the genre. It was a masterful performance.
Tomorrow at the Sufi Festival
Sunday, April 13, 2014:
10H (Musée Batha)
Roundtable: Tribute to Suad El Hakim
16H (Musée Batha)
Roundtable: In the Footsteps of Ibn Arabi
21H Concert (Musée Batha):
Samaa the Tariqa Qadiriyya Boutchichiyya and Tariqa Siqilliyya (Morocco)