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8. 22. 2013

SSAHHA AT THE MUCEM

SSAHHA played at the MUCEM (Musée des Civilisations de l'Europe et de le Méditerranée) on July 20, 2013 in Marseille, France

7. 1. 2013

SSAHHA IN MOROCCO AND FRANCE

SSAHHA will be going on tour in Morocco and France for the month of July. Check the SHOWS page for more details.

2. 19. 2013

SSAHHA ON PRI'S THE WORLD

Celebrating the music of Maqam, from Spain to Western China - by Bruce Wallace

European and Arabic traditions combined again in the piano of Amino Belyamani, whose group SSAHHA closed Maqam Fest. After studying western classical and jazz music, Belyamani started digging into the music–and maqam–of his native Morocco. In SSAHHA, he plays a piano that’s been re-tuned to accommodate different maqam. He says the retuning opened up new vistas in his playing...

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Photo by Bruce Wallace

1. 11. 2013

SSAHHA AT ALWAN'S SECOND ANNUAL MAQAM FESTIVAL

Maqam Fest 2013 celebrates a line-up that pays tribute to this long-honored tradition and alluring geographic spectrum, featuring ancient traditions, explorations of historic ties between musical styles, and contemporary compositions and improvisations.

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10. 27. 2011

POPMATTERS INTERVIEWS AMINO BELYAMANI ON SSAHHA

Groove defies logic. Musicians talk about “playing in the pocket,” but that proverbial place may not always lie where you expect. Just listen to the qraqeb, a metal percussion instrument featured on more than one track from Ssahha’s new album, Ummi. Groove cannot be calculated, only felt, and when it’s good, that feeling is sublime. By this measure, Ummi is preposterously funky and it should come as no surprise:  Ssahha has a top-notch rhythm section...

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Photo by Noureddine El-Warari