8th May 2009
The four virtuoso musicians that make up ‘El Andaluz’ played to a packed Grange Hall on a balmy Friday night. Attab Haddad with his 12-string Iraqi ‘Oud’ (the original Lute that gave birth to the guitar); Karim Dellali, master of the ‘Tambor’ drum, Hamid Bouri, bassist, and Frank Biddulph, violin took their audience on an exotic musical magic carpet ride. Their distinctive repetoire both charmed and excited the audience. The band played melodies, many with centuries-old roots, from Southern Spain to Turkey, to Egypt, on to the Sahara, to Algeria and back again. Their repetoire included exotic Andalusian Nuba’s, mystical desert chants, chaabi celebration music, and irresistible belly dance numbers. And … an unexpected break-out of real, live belly dancing from a group of sinuous ladies in the audience, eager to show off their skills, added to the atmosphere. The applause was deafening and the encores exuberant; a great RadVentures night out for all.
(A Village Ventures event)