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Born in Fez and originally schooled in the Moroccan Gharnati tradition, Amina continues to research connections between the musics of Spain, Portugal, and North Africa. Much of the research takes place in and around the music. She is a scholar of a note and a poet, but firstly she is an impassioned performer. When Alaoui sings there is, as she observes, "no need to discuss the origins of fado, flamenco or Al Andalusi" for the music itself explores the common crucible of these styles, and Amina's delivery makes the interconnections impossible to miss. And in the tradition of the greatest singers, she enters the texts - some of them a thousand years old - and makes them new.
Hers is a truly international ensemble. Violinist Saïfallah Ben Abderrazak and oud player Sofiane Negra are from Tunisia. Guitarist José Luis Montón from Barcelona has a strong following amongst flamenco adherents worldwide. Mandolinist Eduardo Miranda was born in Brazil, has lived the last two decades in Portugal, and links choro and fado styles through a vocabulary influenced by jazz. The group's youngest member, Idriss Agnel, son of Amina Alaoui, studied music at Maîtrise Notre Dame de Paris from the age of seven. He is meanwhile renowned as a multi-instrumentalist, contributing here deft percussion and (on one track) electric guitar.
Personnel: Amina Alaoui (vocals, daf), Saïfallah Ben Abderrazak (violin), Sofiane Negra (oud), José Luis Montón (flamenco guitar), Eduardo Miranda (mandolin), Idriss Agnel (percussion, electric guitar)
An album that will allow your mind to be transported into foreign lands. I have not stopped playing it, I will be buying her other album on the strength of this one. Read morePublished on 27 Jan. 2012 by Lizzie
what a wonderful feast of mediterranean arab andalus songs and music, both gentle and uplifting. amina alaoui has a crystalline purity to her voice which never demands too much... Read morePublished on 23 Oct. 2011 by olive
All ther playing here is as fine as the singing and it is beautifully produced. A genius of a recording.Published on 22 Oct. 2011 by Cricket