South Pyrenees and the Rivers of the World

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South Pyrenees and the Rivers of the World

The festival kicks off to a start on 12th July with La Fête à Dakar and continues with Senegal, which will be represented by Doudou N’Diaye Rose, Vivian N’Dour, Omar Pène and Daara J. The festival will end on 28th July with Mali, represented by Toumani Diabaté & Symmetric Orchestra and Oumou Sangaré.

This year, rivers such as the Danube, the Thames, the Niger, Rio Grande, La Plata, the Tajo, the Guadalquivir and the Ebro will be the favourite protagonists representing their cultures and rhythms with bands portraying “a passionate cultural and musical journey”.

12th-15th July: the first weekend

The music and rhythms of Senegal, which start the Festival in the Lanuza Auditorium on 12th July will give us the opportunity to listen to DAARA J, performing rap in which melody is the key factor. They will share the guest list of appearances with Omar Pene, whose Senegalese fusion and mixtures of mbalax, blues, jazz, reggae and salsa have made him a legend in Senegal. On the other hand, you can also enjoy Doudou N’Diaye Rose, a wonderful ambassador of the culture of his country and considered to be an excellent percussionist and tireless innovator.

Rumania and Macedonia will be responsible for showing the influence of the Danube on 13th July with Alexander Balenescu and his quartet and his infinite display of images and elements belonging to the culture and folklore of Eastern Europe. You will also be able to enjoy the Kocani Orkestar, one of the best music bands formed by gypsies from the Balkan regions, situated between Serbia and Macedonia. They will surprise you with their virtuosity.

On 14th July, the River Themes will be represented by Cheb I Sabbah from Pakistan. He is Jewish of Berber descent from Constantine, Algeria, where he was born. He has been searching for ways in which to mix African, Asian and Arabic music and shares the list of acts with Asian Dub Foundation, regarded as one of the best live banks in the UK. They come from Asia and rub salt into the wound of the West by showing their condemnation with their unique rhythm.

The show programmed to make the end of the first weekend on 15th July is titled “From the Ebro, Oua Umplute, and it combines gypsy music and theatre as a way to understand music. You will hear pieces of Hungarian, Rumanian, Jewish and Russian music, along with popular music from Brahms and the Czardas of Monti. Without a doubt it is a passionate combination and something that should not be missed.