Al-Mutamid Festival takes the El Laff group to Loulé and Lagos

The Arab music and oriental dance group El Laff will be here today and tomorrow, the 11th and 12th of […]

The Arab music and oriental dance group El Laff will be today and tomorrow, February 11th and 12th, at the Cine-Teatro Louletano and at the Centro Cultural de Lagos, respectively, for two more concerts included in the Al-Mutamid Festival programme, scheduled for 21 pm.

The musical formation will present a repertoire of music from the Maghreb, Middle East and Sufi music from countries like Turkey, Egypt, Morocco or Tunisia. The soloist singing and choirs are accompanied by traditional instruments from the Arab world.

On stage, musicians Abdelatif Louzari (violin and voice), F. Depiaggi (nay, mizmar and mijwiz), Chello “al arabi” (darbouka, bendir, rik) will be accompanied by ballerina Mercedes Campello (oriental dance and sufi spin), who will dance to the rhythm of some oriental dance styles, namely masmoudi kebir, wadha kebir, malfuf, samahi, masmudi saghayir.

In Loulé, tickets for the show cost 10 euros for the general public and 8 euros for children under 30 and over 65. In Lagos, tickets cost 10 euros.

The Al-Mutamid Festival, which in 2017 includes concerts in the municipalities of Lagoa, Vila Real de Santo António, Silves, Albufeira, Loulé and Lagos, 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 imprisoned in Agmat, south of Maraquexe, where he died in 1095. His tomb, preserved until today, has become a symbol of the most beautiful times in Al-Andaluz”, according to the Câmara de Loulé.

«This event aims to rescue and disseminate the music and poetry that for centuries have flooded bazaars, medinas and palaces, but also respond to a tourist offer endowed with cultural weight, complementing traditional offers, making known towns and other places of interest that, for various reasons, they are linked to the Andalusian civilization», concluded the Loulé local authority.