The Syrian group “Alturaz al Andalusi” will take the stage at the Municipal Auditorium of Olhão on February 7, at 21:30 pm. The show, which marks the group's debut in Portugal, is part of the 15th Al-Mutamid Music Festival.
The Syrian ensemble has as artistic director the singer Mahmoud Fares, specialized in Andalusian music Inshad and al Tarab of the alepine style (Aleppo – Syria). Also noteworthy in this project are the oriental percussion conductor, Salah Sabbagh, who dominates the most varied percussions in the Arab world, and the dancer Mohamed Babli, who learned the dervish spin (Maulawiya) with the great Sufi dance conductors of Aleppo. The group also features Abdessalam El Nayti playing kanun and flute.
This show is part of the al-Mutamid festival, which has the characteristics of being itinerant and having a program based on the medieval music of the three monotheistic cultures of the Mediterranean (Christian medieval, Jewish-Sephardic and Muslim).
The event is a tribute to the poet-king Al-Mutamid, who was born in Beja in 1040, was governor of Silves and who, in 1069, succeeded his father on the throne as king of the taifa of Seville, a territory that at the time extended from south of Portugal to Gibraltar.
The Al-Mutamid Music Festival started in Loulé and, after Olhão, it also passes through Silves and Lagoa before closing on March 6 at the Centro Cultural de Lagos.