Andalusian Music: A Bridge Between Muslim and Jewish Heritage

Sanaa Maharati and the Tetouan Orchestra at the Essaouira Andalousies Festival

Sanaa Maharati and the Tetouan Orchestra at the Essaouira Andalousies Festival

Every year in autumn, Moroccan Jewish diaspora, music lovers and cultural enthusiasts gather in the southern Moroccan coastal town of Essaouira for the Festival des Andalousies Atlantiques (Atlantic Andalucía Festival). The town is much better known among fans of World Music for its Gnaoua Festival in June. However, ‘Les Andalousies,’ as locals call it, highlights a completely different facet of the multicultural heritage of the town formerly known as Mogador. And from this small port town emanates a message for the world.

Read the full article which I wrote for Morocco World News here.

4 thoughts on “Andalusian Music: A Bridge Between Muslim and Jewish Heritage

  1. Joel Epstein

    Those interested in Andalusian music might be interested in my new book on Ziryab, “The Language of the Heart”. Ziryab was the court musician of the Emir of Al-Andalus in the ninth century. He led a fascinating, checkered life. The book is an historical fantasy – tracing the true history of Ziryab’s life, it retells of an epic battle between an evil wizard who hates music, and how Ziryab defeats him with the power of music.

    There is also a chapter on Jewish music. Ziryab, in the course of his travels, meets a rabbinical family in Tiberias, that is working on developing the Teamim, the cantillation markings of the Torah. He helps them vanquish a … well, read the book.

    https://www.amazon.com/Language-Heart-musical-fantastical-journey/dp/1070100900

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    1. lynn Post author

      Hi Joel,
      thanks for letting me and my readers know about your book! It sounds fascinating. I would be happy to review it for this blog if you were able to send me a copy.
      Best of luck with book sales!
      Lynn

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