Sephardic Valencians

Aman Aman

Musica I Cants Sefardis D’orient I Occident (Galileo GMC017, 2006)

If you are familiar with Spanish world music ensemble L’Ham de Foc, the musicians behind Aman Aman will sound very familiar. Aman Aman, however, focuses on the Sephardic musics of the eastern Mediterranean: Turkey, Bulgaria, Greece, etc.

Aman Aman uses the beautiful voice of Mara Aranda, multi-instrumentalist Efrén López and several other Spanish, Greek , French and Moroccan musicians, who play a large collection of Mediterranean instruments from Spain, Greece, Turkey and the Arabic world to create a new interpretation of ancient songs.

The line-up is Aziz Samsaoui (qanun), Diego López (bendir, darbuka, zarb, doira and riq), Efrén López (ud, bağlama, lavta, cümbüs y tanbur), Eleni Kallimopoulou (politiki lyra), Hristos Barbas (ney y kaval), Mara Aranda (vocals and bendir) y Matthieu Saglio (cello). For the recording, the ensemble invited additional guests:  Eduard Navarro (Bulgarian gaida), Manolo López (bass) and Lukas Metaxas (lyra).

The CD booklet comes with song lyrics and liner notes in Valencian, Spanish, English, and German.

Buy Musica I Cants Sefardis D’orient I Occident.

Author: Angel Romero

Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music and progressive music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel produced several specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for TelevisiĆ³n EspaƱola (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music and electronic music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World, Lektronic Soundscapes, and Mindchild Records. Angel is currently based in Durham, North Carolina.

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