The Arts Center at New York University Abu Dhabi announced the return of the Barzakh Festival in its seventh edition, which will include four musical performances over two nights, on the third and fourth of next February. The annual festival is a platform for musical dialogue between cultures, and a meeting place that reflects diverse influences and identities.
The first day will host Canzonere Grecanico Salentino (Italy) and Lima (Algeria). The Italian band’s work combines traditional and contemporary music. As for the “Lima” women’s band, it hails from the Saoura region in Algeria, and it performs a group of works adapted from Sufi poems and the supplications of the Hazrat sessions.
The second day will witness the first appearance in the UAE of the Korean “Ak Dan Gwang Chil” band, and “Halgan Night” from Somaliland. Ak Dan Gwang Chil is an award-winning traditional band consisting of six traditional musicians and three female singers who perform Korean folk songs.
Halgan Night will feature a mixture of original compositions and traditional Somali songs, to the rhythms of electric guitar and African melodies.
The Executive Artistic Director of the Arts Center, Bill Bragin, said: “The Barzakh Festival is one of the most prominent of our annual music programs, and it represents the international character and intercultural conversations that take place in the heart of the Arts Center,” noting that the artists in this edition of the festival have an attractive personality, with perspectives Strong feminists, and their music pushes boundaries.
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