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Sunday, 21 October 2007

Amina Alaoui - - Alcantara



Artist :Amina Alaoui
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Album :Alcantara

Melodies :
1. Ode d'Ibn Arab
2. Ya 'Ouchaq
3. Amours Our Trop Tard Me Suis Pris
4. Lamento de Tristan
5. Istikhbar Zidane
6. Ya Racha Fattan
7. Maravillosos
8. Baha Stibari
9. Ya Man Lahou
10. Batahouvat el Qama Bachahar
11. Hija Mia
12. Ya 'Adili Billah
13. Ya Mouqabil - Amchi Ya Rassoul
14. El Hourm Ya Rassoul Allah




Amina Alaoui is a scholar of philology, linguistics, and dance, and a prominent exponent of the ancient music style gharnati. She was born in 1964 to a traditional Fassi family, and has pursued an eclectic musical path that lead her to work with musicians from medieval, Persian, and flamenco musical backgrounds. She is accompanied in many of concerts by the ensemble of Ahmed Piro, a native of Rabat who is considered one of the great Arab-Andalusian musicians.
Gharnati (Arabic for Granada) is one of the major Andalusian musical styles, migrated from Granada, Spain, to Morocco in the 15th century. Its roots lie in the diverse music schools of medieval Andalusia, where the Arab-Andalusian musical style originally developed some 800 years earlier.Gharnati was preserved by the Tlemceni families and other communities that fled Spain to settle in several places, Morocco, especially in Fes.
Amina Alaoui née à Fez au Maroc, dans une famille d'artistes influencée par les traditions savantes et populaires marocaines, Amina Alaoui publie ses premiers poèmes à l'âge de 6 ans et étudie le chant arabo-andalou, le piano classique, la danse orientale et la danse contemporaine. Parallèlement à ses études de linguistique et de philologie, elle développe un travail de recherche sur les chants arabo-andalous et orientaux ainsi que sur les danses orientales et sahariennes. A la suite de sa rencontre avec Ahmed Piro ( Rabat ), elle se spécialise dans le chant arabo-andalou gharnati. Ces dix dernières années, son parcours est jalonné de rencontres et de concerts en compagnie de musiciens de grande réputation tels Henri Agnel, Angélique Ionatos, Djamchid Chemirani, Hughes de Courson, Pedro Soler et Pablo Cueco.
Album : the ancient Andalusian poetry that Moroccan singer Amina Alaoui brings to radiant life in Alcantara has been in her family for generations. Her relatives sang the 500-year-old poems at gatherings and her grandmother murmured them while working on embroidery. The CD, whose title means "the bridge," takes listeners over time and land to the Muslim dynasties of medieval Spain and the music created there. This unique, melodious music along with Alaoui's aromatic voice makes Alcantara one of the best CDs of 1998. --Karen Karleski
Alcantara is a testament to the beauty of simplicity. This CD holds deliciously exotic music spun from the lovely singing of Moroccan vocalist Amina Alaoui and light but expressive guitar and percussive accompaniment from Henri Agnel and Bijan Chemirani. Empty of any sublime pretensions or girlish Western tone, Alaoui sings simply and maturely--with the love for her Anadalusian heritage spilling naturally through. Her style reminds one of Cesaria Evora--not singing to impress but to preserve and celebrate her culture's music. Rooted in a Muslim dynasty of Spain that ruled from the 8th to the 15th century, Andalusian music has a distinctly ancient, Arabic feel that's not particularly melancholy, certainly not solemn--just lyrical and elegant. And Alaoui portrays these qualities with a rare grace and expertise. To mine for more gems of Amina Alaoui's talent, check out her first U.S. release, Gharnati: Arabo-Andalusian Music of Morocco.
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