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In Morocco, music is an integral part of all kinds of spiritual traditions – ranging from Gnawa rhythms from Africa to the music of the Jebala in the North-West. Safar Nord-Sud brings together two of these spiritual genres. Violinist Abderrahim Semlali from Fez performs sophisticated Arab-Andalusian music with the young and talented Amsterdam Andalusian Orchestra. The Gnawa Oulad Sidi Ensemble from the region of Souss play the Gnawa repertoire: mystical music infused with infectious rhythms. At the Holland Festival Proms, this ensemble will perform a complete Lila ritual, but for this concert at the Meervaart they look to collaborate with local musicians from Amsterdam. Together they will play Malhoun, sung poetry present in both traditions. As the concert is held during Ramadan, a festive iftar meal will be served for the musicians and the audience.