Nadia Baroud & Kabylie Ensemble give concerts at the Al-Mutamid Festival in Loulé and Lagoa

Cine-Teatro Louletano is once again the stage for one of the shows integrated in the 13th Al-Mutamid Music Festival, focused exclusively on […]

Cine-Teatro Louletano is once again the stage for one of the shows integrated in the 13th Al-Mutamid Music Festival, exclusively focused on the music of the three monotheistic cultures of Al-Andaluz: Muslim, Christian and Jewish. On January 26, at 21 pm, Nadia Baroud & Kabylie Ensemble brings the sounds of Algerian music.

Born in Algeria, Nadia Baroud has a place among the great stars of kabylie song. After a magnificent artistic career in his country, he made himself known in France and Spain, where he left the star of his grandeur.

Nadia Baroud presents a more intimate show centered on traditional Kabylie music, originating from the Bedouins and Berbers of Algeria, which is characterized by being very rich in terms of rhythms and sound nuances. In this show, she is accompanied by a ballerina who performs kabylie and oriental dances.

Nadia Baroud (voice), Salah Achit (mondol), Abdel Louzare (violin), F. Depiaggi (nay and percussion) and Amaj (oriental dance and kabylie) are the protagonists of this show.


Al-Mutamid Music Festival also in Lagos, Lagoa and Silves


In addition to Loulé, this edition of the Festival will also pass through three other cities in the Algarve: Lagos, Lagoa and Silves.

So, on January 25, at 21:30 pm, Nadia Baroud takes the stage at the Municipal Auditorium of Lagoa.

On February 15th, at 21:30 pm, it is the turn of the Masmudi Kebir Ensemble group, which exhibits the sounds of a rhythm of classical Egyptian music, but also oriental dance music, to perform at the Lagos Cultural Center.

The next day, at the same time, Masmudi Kebir Ensemble will be at the Convento de São José, in Lagoa.

The end of the 13th Al-Mutamid Music Festival takes place on February 23, at 21:30 pm, at Teatro Gregório Mascarenhas, in Silves, with the performance of Spanish multi-instrumentalist Emilio Villalba, who presents the show “10 instruments with history”.

The Al-Mutamid Music Festival aims to remember the poet king Al-Mutamid, son and successor of the King of Seville Al-Mutadid. Muhammad Ibn Abbad (Al-Mutamid) was born in Beja (1040) and was appointed governor of Silves at the age of 12, having spent a refined youth there. In 1069 he acceded to the throne of Seville, the strongest kingdom among those that emerged in Al-Andalus after the fall of the Caliphate of Cordoba.

In 1088, he was dethroned by the Almoravids and forced into seclusion in Agmat, south of Marrakech, where he died in 1095. His tomb, preserved until today, has become a symbol of the most beautiful times in Al-Andalus.

Excellent poet, “Al-Mutamid was the most liberal, magnanimous and powerful of all the taifas of Al-Andalus. His palace was the pilgrims' inn, the meeting point for all the ingenious, the center where all hopes went…” (Ibn Jaqan).

The aim of this Festival is to make the spectator aware of Andalusian music, with performances by groups that specialize in rescuing the sounds of Al-Andalus: Arab music, especially from Morocco, and groups that interpret with care the rich tradition of the Muslim east, as well as pieces from the European medieval and renaissance.

This initiative aims to rescue and disseminate the music and poetry that for centuries flooded bazaars, medinas and palaces, but also to respond to a tourist offer endowed with cultural weight, complementing traditional offers, making known towns and other places of interest that, for several reasons are linked to the Andalusian civilization.