Al-Mu'tamid, The Poet King

Al-Mu'tamid, The Poet King
Al-Mu'tamid Ensemble
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  • country:Portugal
  • region:Lisboa
  • style(s):Andalus, Mediterranean
  • label:Transiberia
  • type:Large Ensemble
  • instrumentation:vocal, percussion, string, piano
  • artist posted by:Transiberia

Line up

  • Carlos Gomes (Artistic Director and Video)
  • César Carazo, Spain (Voice and Fidula )
  • Eduardo Paniagua, Spain (Psalter and Flutes )
  • El Arabí Serghini, Morocco (Voice and Percussion )
  • Filipe Raposo, Portugal (Musical Director, Piano)
  • Jamal Ben Allal, Morocco (Violin)
  • Janita Salomé, Portugal (Voice and Percussion )
  • Quiné Teles, Portugal (Percussion)


Portuguese, Spanish and Moroccan musicians and interpreters sing the poems of King Al Mu'tamid (1040 - 1095) in Portuguese, Castilian and Arabic. The concert is accompanied by the projection of images shot along the travel through the three countries that share the andalusian legacy and where the life of the King Poet took place: he was born in Beja-Portugal, he was a king in Seville-Spain and he died in Aghmat-Morocco. The three countries united trough poetry, music and video, actualizing the imaginary of a whole cultural relationship.

At a time of strong identity and religious cleavages, fuelled by old and new political and territorial conflicts, it is particularly relevant to point out the values of this cultural heritage, that owes its longevity to centuries of mutual influences between three different cultures: the Islamic, the Catholic and the Jewish. Realizing that, through the universality of music language, empowers a true message of peace in a celebrating atmosphere!

The concert was already performed in Lisbon, Porto, Évora, Sesimbra and Beja in Portugal, Madrid and Seville in Spain, Rabat and Casablanca in Morocco, also in Paris and São Paulo. In Brazil it made history being sold out as the first Arab-influenced music show ever performed in the classical venue of Sala São Paulo, considered one of the best music venues in the world.