Jako el Muzikante

Jako el Muzikante
Jako el Muzikante in Algeria
Jako el Muzikante in Algeria
Jako el Muzikante in Madrid
Krastyo Stoyanov
José Luis Yagüe
Andrea Szamek
Wafir Shaikheldin
Joaquín Sánchez
Jako el Muzikante in Madrid
Jako el Muzikante in Madrid
Jako el Muzikante in Algeria
Jako el Muzikante in Algeria
Jako el Muzikante in Algeria


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  • country:Spain
  • region:Madrid
  • style(s):Rembetiko, Sephardic
  • label:not signed
  • type:Band, Small Ensemble
  • instrumentation:vocal
  • artist submitted by:Mapamundi Musica

Line up

  • Andrea Szamek (Violin)
  • Joaquín Sánchez (Clarinet)
  • José Luis Yagüe (Double bass)
  • Krastyo Stoyanov (Percussion)
  • Wafir Shaikheldin (Oud)
  • Xurxo Fernandes (Voice)



Constantinople, 1902. In a cafe aman, Greeks, Turks, Armenians and Sephardic descendants of the Jews expelled from Spain in 1492 gather together clandestinely to sing. They sing love, humoristic and others songs talking about their political and social reality in an oriental style. Jako el Muzikante, Jako the rogue, survives singing at weddings and bar mitzvah parties, while he pilfers what he can to their pleased and, often, intoxicated customers.

Shortly after the fall of the Ottoman Empire, Greece, Turkey and Armenia adopted and adapted all this music within their new borders. But Sephardic melodies fall into oblivion, due to the difficult situation faced by its performers.

Beginning of the 21st century. Xurxo Fernandes embarks on a research work in Turkey and Israel, that will take him to collect the repertoire of those cafe aman songs, and presents Jako el Muzikante, a project matured over years of research and that makes us feel the Sephardic sonority performed in its original language, ladino or djudeo-espanyol.

Xurxo is a singer from Galicia, one of the voices of the new folk generation, able to innovate from a very deep knowledge of the traditional heritage and with an inquisitive spirit that leads him to research until reaching the most authentic sources.

On stage, Xurxo presents a programme with songs that he has documented on his travels to Turkey and Israel and a mise-en-scene full of virtuosity and bawdiness, that will remind us the great performers of the 20th century, with a dandy style in the Maurice Chevalier way and the nerve of the interwar period cabaret, moved to that place where East meets West.


"The Spanish band Jako el Muzikante, star of the fifth night of the International Festival of Malouf [...]. During more than an hour, the singer Xurxo Fernandes and his group of five musicians ignited the stage with frenetic rhythm where the music of oud, darbuka, clarinet, double bass and percussion shack up, listening and answering each other in a harmony of strings and a sense of excitement that confirms the borderless nature of the music.

The powerful and warm voice of Fernandes, sang in Ladino language about hope, love and things of daily life [...], in a seductive spectacle that the audience applauded at length." Newspaper Algerie1, 3/10/2013

"From the beggining to the end of the concert, of astounding vivacity, the audicence at the theatre in Constantine was hooked and attentive to all the sounds of the proposal, inedit and original, by the band Jako el Muzikante, directed by the singer Xurxo Fernandes. He is the founder of the band, that tries to recreate the atmosphere from the cafes in Near East at the Ottoman Empire period, when singer, where singers from different nationalities met to produce genuine "musical madness" at the beggining of XX Century.

However, the true genious of the band is that has got to bring together three Spanish, Xurxo Fernandes (voice), Joaquin Sanchez (clarinet) and Jose Luis Yaguee (doublebass), and the Hungarian Andrea Szamek, a real virtuossa at the violin, verdadera, the Bulgarian Krastyo Stoyanov, that showed a perfect mastery at the percussion, and the talented Sudanese oud player Wafir Sheikheldin. As the previous night of the International Malouf Festival, the theatre was filled with the audience.

Oriental rhythms, muwashshahat, trendy sounds, dances, musical virtuosity and poems that talk about love, peace and nature, with a disconcerting humour, were in the programme of a band that fired up the audience in moments of pure happyness."

Newspaper El Watan, 5/10/2013