- Audio CD
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: Ethnic
- ASIN: 555569668X
- Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
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Alcantara literally means "the bridge" in Arabic. The Alcantara bridge aludes to several bridges in Spain spanning the Tagas and Darro rivers. Some were built in the 6th century by the Romans and no longer exist. Amina sees the words, canta or cantara, meaning, I will sing in Spanish and she is reminded of the bridge between cultures spanning into the distant past and the struggle between Muslim and Christians for dominence in those earlier times. She is reminded too of the voice and songs of her grandmother and the bridge to those early times in her own life in Andalusia.
Amina Alaoui sings the music of Moorish Spain, Andalusian music which reflects the cross culture of the Greeks, the Persians, the Byzantine, the Berber and Arab mixtures of rhythums and tones. Her voice is pure, clear and sweet. Her accompanyment is Henri Agnel on the traditional medieval 8 stringed guitar and Bijane Chemirani on percussion and drums.
The lyrics are sung in Arabic, French, Spanish and Hebrew with an Arabic translation included in the insert. The CD is 62 minutes in length. All the songs are very captivating and beautiful to hear.
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This music is a well developed style of music that has been around a long time. This is one example of the simple and exquisite music of the genre. Read morePublished on February 9, 2011 by Brian Oldham
After her Gharnati cd (Ethnic, 6806), Alaoui's Alcantara came as a disappointment. This one suffers from poor material selection and poor instrumental support. Read morePublished on July 30, 1999