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Last weekend was a busy one for concerts in Fez with events on all 3 evenings.

18 July - Institut Francais' Ramadan Nights 1
On Friday we had the first of 2 Ramadan Nights concerts hosted by the Institute Francais at Dar Tazi. The evening opened with l’Association féminine du Patrimoine Musical  from Fez including a spot by the new young fassi singing star Nouhaila al Kalai (pictured below). The night was then headlined by the well known Algerian/Kabayle singer Idir who performed for almost 2 hours with many of his songs already known to the audience. In addition to being backed by an excellent band he was supported also by his daughter with whom he performed a couple of songs. On one song he played an instrument which he told the audience was a "flute irlandaise", it is of course more commonly known as a 'Tin Whistle' (see picture below)
Ramadan Nights, 18 July 2014, Fez, Morocco Idir playing a Tin Whistle, 18 July 2014, Fez MoroccoIdir & daughter, 18 July 2014, Fez Morocco Idir, 18 July 2014, Fez Morocco

19 July - Instituto Cervantes Fez, Flamenco & live Art
On Saturday it was over the the Hotel Barcelo for some Flamenco with live Art, inspired by the Conference of the Birds. A Spanish Flamenco Trio comprising Sara Holgado (Voice), Pablo Martínez (Guitar), &  Paco Chorobo (Percussion) performed while a collage was created live by artist Violeta Caldrés and projected onto a screen behind the performers. As usual a quality musical performance from the Instituto Cervantes. the solo Guitar piece was particularly impressive.
Birds sing Flamenco, 19 July 2014, Fez Morocco Paco Chorobo, Birds sing Flamenco, 19 July 2014, Fez Morocco.Sara Holgado, Birds sing Flamenco, 19 July 2014, Fez Morocco Pablo Martínez, Birds sing Flamenco, 19 July 2014, Fez Morocco Birds sing Flamenco, 19 July 2014, Fez Morocco Birds sing Flamenco, 19 July 2014, Fez Morocco Birds sing Flamenco, 19 July 2014, Fez Morocco

20 July - Ramadan Nights 2
Then on Sunday night we had the second of the 2 Ramadan Nights concerts at Dar Tazi. Well known Fassi singer Marouane Hajji and his group opened the evening. His mostly religious singing went down well with a wealthier Fassi crowd. We then had Algerian folk singer Souad Massi and Flamenco guitarist Eric Fernandez who along with their ensemble performed the Choeurs de Cordue spectacle a type of Arabic/Spanish/French fusion. The performance was interupted by Massi saying that she was feeling ill and having to leave the stage for a while. The evening's crowd was like Friday night made up of well heeled younger Fassis, and their dismissive attitude seemed to slightly annoy Massi who even struggled to get them to stay quiet for a minute's silence for Gaza.
Marouane Hajji, 20 July 2014, Fez Morocco Marouane Hajji, 20 July 2014, Fez Morocco Souad Massi, Eric Fernandez,Sabrina Romero, 20 July 2014, Fez Morocco Alexandre Leauthaud, Choeurs du Cordoue, 20 July 2014, Fez Morocco Souad Massi, Eric Fernandez, 20 July 2014, Fez Morocco
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Posted 24 July 2014

 

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