When Alaoui sings there is, as she observes, “no need to discuss the origins of fado, flamenco or Al Andalusi” for the music itself explores the common crucible of these styles, and Amina’s delivery makes the interconnections impossible to miss.
In the tradition of the greatest singers, she enters the texts – some of them a thousand years old - and makes them new.
In her own words: “This music transcribes an Iberian peninsula carried towards a dialogue with the potential of what might be. It is a poetic geography that entertains the dream of the impossible: human horizons that transcend borders, lyrical Mediterranean idioms that are open to the universe and the intelligence of being, of mutual communication. Song and music explore this possibility in order to open up another path: original expression. “
She is superbly accompanied by her outstanding ensemble in which violin often echoes the voice and oud, flamenco guitar and sparkling mandolin surround it.
Hers is a truly international ensemble. Violinist Saïfallah Ben Abderrazak and oud player Sofiane Negra are from Tunisia. Guitarist José Luis Montón from Barcelona has a strong following amongst flamenco adherents worldwide. Mandolinist Eduardo Miranda was born in Brazil, has lived the last two decades in Portugal, and links choro and fado styles through a vocabulary influenced by jazz. The group’s youngest member, Idriss Agnel, son of Amina Alaoui, studied music at Maîtrise Notre Dame de Paris from the age of seven. He is meanwhile renowned as a multi-instrumentalist, contributing here deft percussion and (on one track) electric guitar.
Album includes liner notes by Amina Alaoui in French and English, and song texts in English translation.