Zawaya and Aswat invite you to join us on Sunday, November 16, for an interactive musical event and concert directed by virtuoso violinist, multi-instrumentalist and singer, Younes el Makboul.
Learn to sing, play Arab percussion instruments, and participate in Arab dance circles with the Aswat Youth Ensemble and other artists from the Bay Area’s premier Arab music ensemble in a performance in Samsung Hall, 1:30-3:00 p.m. Admittance is free with museum admission.
The youth will captivate your musical senses – and your visual senses, too – wearing costumes from the Arab world. Performances will include a recitation of the Qur’an (tajweed) and culminate with a presentation of sacred songs by the Aswat Sacred Music Ensemble. Lebanese artist Rana Mroue will respond to questions from the audience.
Zawaya is a nonprofit organization that contributes Arab arts to the multicultural discourse of the Bay Area. Zawaya means “aspects” or “corners,” suggesting the many art forms to be discovered and enjoyed in Arab culture. The group was founded in 2003 by Nabila Mango and Haya Shawwa Ben Halim, two Arab-American women who recognize the creative response Arab-American communities need to meet the challenges they face in the Bay Area. Aiming to address stereotypes and misconceptions, Zawaya offers a genuine image of Arab-Americans as a source of strength for American society.
True to Zawaya’s commitment to pluralism and inclusion, Aswat, meaning “voices,” is a multi-ethnic group exploring classical, contemporary, and sacred Arab music. Aswat’s doors are open to all who want to participate in the enriching exchange between Arab-Americans and other communities through music.
To learn more about both Zawaya and Aswat, visit www.zawaya.org.