Al-Mutamid Music Festival brings back to the Algarve the sounds of Gharb Al-Andalus

First of five concerts takes place on the 19th

Musicians and dancers from Morocco, Syria, Sudan, Guinea Conakry, Egypt and Spain will bring to various locations in the Algarve the sounds that «for centuries have flooded the bazaars, medinas and palaces of the Gharb Al-Andalus», in yet another edition of the Festival of Al-Mutamid Music, which takes place on the 19th and 26th of February and 4th and 5th of March.

The shows of the 22nd edition of the event, which will be guaranteed by four different projects, will take place in Albufeira, Lagoa, Silves, Lagos and Loulé.

The festival's program "will focus on Middle Eastern and Eastern Mediterranean music, Al-Andalus melodies, Arab-Andalusi music and also Afro-Arab music," according to the organization.

On February 19, at 21 pm, Muhsilwan, an Afro-Arabic music and dance group, kicks off the festival at the Albufeira Municipal Auditorium.

The Yinnan Ensemble's concert (Arabic-Andalusi music and oriental dance) will follow, on February 26, at 19:00 pm, at the Carlos do Carmo Auditorium, in Lagoa.

The Iman Kandoussi & Almawsily project will take the stage next, and twice, to present Al-Andaluz melodies: on March 4, at 21:30 pm, it performs at Teatro Mascarenhas Gregório, in Silves, and the following day , March 5th, performs at the same time, at the Lagos Cultural Center.

Also on the 5th of March, the Middle East and Maghreb Ibn Misjan Ensemble music and dance training will give a show at the Cine-Teatro Louletano, in Loulé, at 21:00.

The Al-Mutamid Music Festival «intends to remember the poet king Al-Mutamid (1040 Beja – 1095 Agmât), the most liberal, magnanimous and powerful of all the taifas of Al-Andalus».