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Concert by the Ali Khattab Trio + Kiki Cortiñas

June 16, 20181:30 a.m. during the night from Saturday, June 16 to Sunday, June 17 (approximately 1:30 long).
Plaza de la Corredera (Cordoba). 1:30 a.m. during the night from Saturday, June 16 to Sunday, June 17 (approximately 1:30 long). Free entry until the event’s capacity is reached.
In Spanish.

The performance, organized by Casa Árabe, is taking place as part of the White Night of Flamenco, held in Cordoba on the night between Saturday, June 16 and Sunday, June 17.

For yet another year, Casa Árabe is taking part in this musical event, with a guitarist of Egyptian origin who resides in Spain.

Ali Khattab was born and grew up in Cairo, Egypt, where he became a musician and fell in love with the sound of the flamenco guitar, which led him to take up residence in Andalusia. After immersing himself in Andalusian culture, he began to combine the rhythms and modes of Arab music in with those of flamenco. The conversation between these two styles has formed the foundation for his success to date, including two highly praised albums: “Al-Zarqa” (Nuevos Medios 2010) and “Sin País” (Nesma Music 2014).

As his musical journey moves forward, Ali gradually widens his focus to create freer, more universal forms of music. Whereas the musical modes of the Arab maqamat and flamenco palos continue to form the roots of his unmistakable sound, he now adds more harmonic features, which open up his musical message even further. The new arrangements by the guitarist create a new sensation, in which Ali’s very personal style grows even further intertwined with the Arabic oud of master Hesham Essam, with the backing of percussionist José Manuel Ruiz Motos, known as “Bandolero.”

This message of freedom, of living “Without a Country” (without borders) is also expressed in the lyrics of his latest songs. Original poems from the era of Al-Andalus and contemporary Egyptian writers, as well as works by Spanish poets like Lorca, will be sung by guest artist Kiki Cortiñas. This new sound is more romantic and familiar to Western ears, but Ali’s music loses none of its Arab roots, or his trans-Mediterranean personality. The group works to make all of the dynamic energy and melodious beauty flow from their compositions. It is truly international music that reaches beyond borders, meant for everyone who is willing to listen to it.

Ali Khattab, flamenco guitar (Egypt)
Hesham Essam, Arabic oud (Egypt)
José Manuel Ruiz Motos “Bandolero.” percussion (Spain)
Guest performer: Kiki Cortiñas, vocals (Spain)

Concert by the Ali Khattab Trio + Kiki Cortiñas