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56th edition of the Carthage International Festival – “Angham Fi Dhekra” Memorable songs” by Abderrahmen Ayadi: The golden age of Tunisian song revisited

In this unprecedented concert, a selection of eternal Tunisian songs, finely rearranged by maestro Abderrahmen Ayadi, will be performed by a constellation of stars of Tunisian song, representing three generations of artists and brought together for the first time on stage.


This concert is a new tradition that the Carthage International Festival wants to anchor to pay tribute to Tunisian artists who have an important musical legacy and who have contributed to promoting Tunisian song. Each year, the FIC intends to focus the spotlight on a singer, a lyricist, a composer and a Tunisian musician who have flown very high and who deserve our recognition.

For this edition, the steering committee has opted for the production of a concert dedicated to the works of four artists, namely: the lyricist Ahmed Ezzaouia, the composer Mohamed Ridha, the singer Soulef and the violinist Bechir Selmi.

To this end, the songs programmed during the concert “Angham Fidhékra” (Memorable Songs) will be performed by a host of singers representing several generations, like Slim Dammak, who returns to the stage after eight years of eclipse, Olfa Ben Romdhane, Ahmed Rebaï, winner of the first prize at the last edition of the Musical Days of Carthage, Asma Ben Ahmed, Molka Cherni, Soulef, Noureddine El Beji and Chokri Omar Hannachi.

The music troupe Al Watan Al Arabi, will accompany the artists on stage under the leadership of maestro Abderrahmen Ayadi.

A selection of timeless Tunisian songs, finely rearranged by maestro Abderrahemen Ayadi, will be performed by a constellation of Tunisian singing stars, representing three generations of artists and brought together for the first time on stage.

Purely Tunisian repertoire

These songs, from the Tunisian repertoire, marry in perfect harmony where the invited public will venture out of the key to dive into the open spaces of a music that plows its own history with audacity and fidelity, constantly recreating new beginnings until it becomes new days. Whether they are slow and rhythmic, or on the contrary tense of fast tempo, the public will delight in these songs, in their most intimate essence and their secret and conniving springs.

Thus, he will easily resume in chorus with the singers; “Ta3ali”, “Ma nehebech Fodha we dhehab”, “La Ya Sidi”, “Hlili Way”, “Bin El Khemeyel”, “Ya Smin we foll”, “lchbiha tokhzorli”, “Ridi El Ghali”, “We hyati a3ndek”, “Zarzis”, “Ma3na el Jamal”, “Inti habib el Omr”, “Ma tfakernich”, “A3mel ma3rouf” to close with the frenzied tunes of “lila wel mezoued khaddem”. Songs that brought glory to their original performers, namely: Soulef, Oulaya, Youssef Temimi, Dhekra Mohamed, Saber Rebaï, Zouheira Salem and Hédi Habbouba

Through this selection, Abderrahmen Ayadai pays a vibrant tribute to the lyricists who composed the texts of these songs, like Jaafar Majed, Mohamed Lajmi, Hédi Besbes, Ridha Khouini, Ahmed Ezzaouia, Hassen Mahnouch, Ahmed Hariri, Hammadi el Beji, Abdellatif Jaouadi and Michel Ta3ma.

It is also a gesture of gratitude towards the virtuoso Tunisian composers who arranged these songs, such as Mohamed Ridha, Abdelaziz Ben Abdallah, Chédli Anouar, Mohamed Jaziri, Mohamed Triki, Souheil Arfa, Hechmi Ben Salah and Hédi Habbouba.

“Memorable Songs” will be an evening that will captivate the public thirsty for Tunisian melodies from the golden age of Tunisian song by the sinuous path of the harmonies, the rhythmic bursts or syncopations which, punctually, arise from the lute, the piano or the double bass. He will capsize an audience struck by the freshness of a repertoire where everything seems to take place in renewed freedom under the magic wand of Abderahhmen Ayadi and the El Watan Al Arabi troupe who will unfold the musical modes of Tunisia on purely Tunisians.

It will be a meditative melancholy composed from undulating lines, the rustling silence of voluptuousness and secret poetry. The eternal songs that will be performed are infinitely nuanced, always very wise, where the softness of the melodies, the empire exercised by the instrumentalists, and the sensual beauty of the timbre springing from the lute, hide a world of outbursts, conquered freedoms, and surrender to the forces of the moment.

It is a concert that will once again demonstrate that Tunisian song still reigns supreme and that it can gain in maturity and glory despite age and will demonstrate a performance that meets the expectations of a public always the appointment. The public will be in heaven and the columnists in paradise.

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