El Mutakallimun (Masters of the World) is the title of the sixth album by Souad Massi, one of the most successful singer-songwriters of the Arabic world. She pairs her impossibly beautiful voice and rich musical repertoire with a strong commitment (she was forced to leave her home country of Algeria in 1999, following threats). El Mutakallimun is an ode to the revolutionary contemporary Arabic poets and the golden generation of poets from Al-Andalus, and at the same time a plea for freedom and protest. Live she forms a trio with the legendary percussionist Rabah Khalfa and the young guitarist Mehdi Dalil in which the joy of playing, the complicity and the generosity are clear for all to see.
‘Tarab’ is a key concept in the Arab tradition. It is the experience of expanded consciousness when everything comes together; music, poetry, emotion and atmosphere. It is a sublime and cathartic moment, a ‘sigh of the soul’, an absolute connection between musicians and their audience. Central to the tarab experience is the supreme form of song, immortalised by the mythical Oum Kalthoum. In the four concerts which the Moussem Nomadic Arts Centre and BOZAR are presenting we invite you to take part in a contemporary tarab experience: composers, leading musicians and celebrated voices from North Africa and the Middle East mix musical tradition and contemporary sounds, and classical and contemporary poetry go hand in hand. These four concerts promise to be a generous, shared and collective experience.
Moussem Tarab concerts:
13.01.2018 Souad Massi - ‘El Mutakallimun’
22.02.2018 Karima Skalli & Ensemble Rachid Zeroual - ‘Le bonheur du chant’
24.03.2018 Zad Moultaka & Ensemble Mezwej - ‘La passion d’Adonis’
26.04.2018 Abellah Laabi, Naziha Meftah & Driss El Maloumi - ‘L’ oeil du coeur’
Souad Massi vocals, guitar – Rabah Kalfa drums – Mehdi Dalil guitar