Afel Bocoum & Alkibar, Edu Miranda Trio, Tarhana, Elena Venetsanou

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HEAR THE WORLD   "Hear the World presents, Afel Bocoum with his band Alkibar from Mali. Alkibar means ‘messenger of the great river’ the Niger, and the band’s songs cover various issues in Malian society. The calabash percussion with the one-stringed njurkel lute and the two-stringed njarka violin produce a unique desert sound. This is followed by Brazilian grooves by the Edu Miranda Trio playing Portuguese fado and Brazilian rhythms like the Chorinho, samba baião and forró choro recorded in February 2010 at the Bimhuis in Amsterdam.

The programma’s Dutch World Music Delight this time are the musical nomads Tarhana. A band formed in 2005 by percussionist Sjahin During. The repertoire of this Dutch band with its clever improvisations stretches from the Balkans to Turkey. The sound is strongly determined by the singing of Turkish singer and saz lute player Ozhan Acikbas.

The show ends with Greek singer Nena Venetsanou accompanied by the Metropole Orchestra. Her performance at the Vredenburg Music Centre in Utrecht was loved by the audience and highly acclaimed in the press. Local daily the Utrechts Nieuwsblad wrote, “When Nena Venetsanou is at her best, she doesn’t sing, she brings her songs to the audience, theatrically and with every fiber in her body.” "

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Edu Miranda



Nena Venetsanou