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Montpellier metropolis. Music: the Al Andalus international festival returns in March

The Al Andalus festival offers a concert dedicated to Mediterranean women with the Zumkotcha group on March 10 at the FreakShow
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Created and supported by the Montpellier association Dart’art, which ensures the promotion of Mediterranean Arts and Cultures, Al Andalus International Festival is the single event in France exclusively dedicated to Arab-Andalusian music.

International artists

After a digital 2021 edition, due to the health crisis, the public should find the artists “live” next month in various websites from the city. The association notably invited international artists Montpellier.

“For this 6th edition, the festival offers to (re)discover the Arab-Judeo-Andalusian culture”, recall the organizers.

Thursday March 3, 2022, at 8 p.m.
Opening concert: Djamel Djenidi: “Brassens en Chaabi”.
The venue: la Gerbe, in Grabels.
Djamel Djenidi is an Algerian and adopted Montpellier musician. His career is punctuated by French song, Hispanic song and Algerian chaabi song, popular music of Arab-Andalusian inspiration.

Saturday March 5, 2022, at 8 p.m.
Concert by the students of the Arab-Andalusian music school of Montpellier: “Traditional Arab-Andalusian music”.
The room: Maison pour tous Louis Feuillade, in Montpellier.

The visual of the Al Andalus 2022 festival: 7 concerts scheduled between March 5 and 19, 2022
The visual of the Al Andalus 2022 festival: 7 concerts scheduled between March 5 and 19 (©dr)

Thursday March 10, 2022, at 9 p.m.
Concert “tribute to the Mediterranean woman” with the group Zumkotcha.
The room: the Freakshow, in Montpellier (Beaux-Arts district).
Zumkocha is a group of three singers with unique voices. Carried by the electro sound and the guitar of Eric Manchon, they revisit with originality traditional songs from world music. A subtle blend of softness and energy…

Friday March 11, 2022, at 6 p.m.
Lecture by Doctor Benbadaali Saadane, professor at the Sorbonne, on ” Andalusian poetry sung from the origins “.
The room: Albert Camus media library, in Clapiers.

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Saturday March 12, 2022, at 8 p.m.
Concert of the Arab-Andalusian ensemble of Montpellier: “Traditional Arabo-Andalusian music, chaabi and hawzi.
The room: House for all Albert Camus, in Montpellier.
Since 2016, the Arab-Andalusian music ensemble of Montpellier has brought together around thirty singers and professional or amateur musicians, led by Rabie Houti. Passionate and invested, they are keen to share this ancestral heritage that is Arab-Andalusian music. Their vocal and instrumental ensemble -violin, piano, guitar, banjo, oud, darbouka, tar- takes you on a journey to the other side of the Mediterranean through popular Arab-Andalusian songs, hawzi and chaabi pieces.

Thursday March 17, 2022, at 8 p.m.
Concert by Amine Tamache: “chaabi music”.
The room: Pétrarque room, in Montpellier.
Coming from a large family of artists, Mohamed Amine Tamache is one of the most promising heirs of the Algiers Chaâbi masters. A child prodigy, he began secretly teasing the paternal mandola from the age of six. His father quickly became aware of his extraordinary potential and began to initiate him into the secrets of chaabi music, which he received through the direct teaching of Hadj El Anka himself.
Through the intricacies of his musical project, Mohamed Amine Tamache invites us to taste compositions made sound, by his singular artistic sensitivity coupled with a superior quality ear. His full mastery of the instruments and his charming voice complete the sublime offering in auditory taste…


Friday March 18, 2022, at 8 p.m.
Concert by the Imène Sahir Quintet: “Arab-Andalusian fusion music”
The room: Pétrarque room, in Montpellier.
Imene Sahir is an artist, musician and performer of Algerian Andalusian music. At the age of 19, she began her solo career by recording her first solo album “Nouba Ghrib”. In the same year, she joined the Regional Orchestra of Algiers and the National Ensemble of Algerian Andalusian Music as well as the Maghrebian Ensemble of Andalusian Music where she established herself as the main soloist.

Saturday March 19, 2022, at 8 p.m.
Closing concert with Zyriab (Algeria), “popular North African and Arab-Andalusian music”; Zamen Project (Montpellier), “Arab-Andalusian music”.
The room: Pétrarque room, in Montpellier.

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