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شَمْس الْعَشِيَّة
Shams 'al-'ashiyya

The Israeli Andalusian Orchestra, Ashdod


Morocco

Shams 'al-'ashiyya is the name of a one-time Andalusian music concert to be held at the Méditerranée Festival. The first concert of its kind, performed entirely by Moroccan musician, the greatest Andalusian singer in Morocco. He will be accompanied by four of the best Andalusian musicians from Morocco, as well as by the Israeli Andalusian Orchestra of Ashdod. Andalusi nubah classics will be performed in 4 parts. 

Compositions selected for this event are the equivalent of popular arias from the opera world, only this time, the audience will listen to Andalusian classics.
All songs are in Maghreb Arabic as is customary in Morocco.
The Moroccan musician, like other Andalusian singers from Morocco, has previously performed with the Andalusian Orchestra. However, these shows always featured performers and singers from Israel and France, who sang in French and Hebrew.

This time, the entire stage is devoted to original compositions in Maghreb Arabic. Festival Director, Moti Malka, decided to satisfy the multiple requests of the Andalusian music audience in Israel to arrange a full and festive concert to be performed in Maghreb Arabic.

Andalusian music originated from the Persian singer and composer Ziryab, who achieved notoriety 1100 years ago. He was the first to compose an Andalusi nubah. The love and admiration he received from the people brought the rulers wrath upon him, forcing Ziryab to flee to Andalusia, Spain, where he composed 24 Andalusi nubahs. According to some sources, his work involved collaboration with Jewish musicians. Each nubah is dedicated to a different hour of the day, describing it in a spiritual and philosophical way. The duration of each nubah ranges from one hour and fifteen minutes to 3 hours. The Muslims added lyrics in Arabic to these compositions, while the Jews incorporated lyrics in Hebrew. Thirteen nubahs have been forgotten, but the remaining 11 nubahs have been preserved and passed for centuries from one generation to another. 

Following the expulsion of Jews and Muslims from Spain, Andalusian music relocated to Algeria, Tunisia, Libya and Morocco, and from there, it made its way to Israel. A once-in-a-lifetime chance to experience this spectacular performance at the Méditerranée Festival.

You are welcome to attend a true celebration of Andalusian music, full of sound and spirit, and reconnect with ancestral roots that survived a long history of upheavals.