Electro Tarab w/ Hello Psychaleppo, Muqata'a & Ahmad Aba Zaid
RAqS celebrated the Electro Tarab music in Paradiso Amsterdam on 13.December.2019
Tarab is a state of sensory interaction sought by the singer and the performer to make the listeners interact in their mind, soul and body, it’s the ecstatic feeling associated with listening to Maqams and microtonal music.
Dancing on the Tarab music is deep and expressive, you can consider it soulful and cinematic.
ABOUT THE EVENT
Hello Psychaleppo is the brain child of Aleppian music producer and visual artist Samer Saem Eldahr. Hailing from one of the most mystical and musically rich cities in the Levant, Hello Psychaleppo is deeply rooted in Arabic music tradition, captivating listeners with melodic strains of Tarab threaded seamlessly together with the convoluted sounds of electronic music. Hello Psychaleppoʼs compelling visual presentation is integral to the live experience that engages the soul and moves the body.
Hello Psychaleppoʼs first album ‘Gool Lʼah’ released in 2013 pioneered the music genre of Electro-Tarab and gained a credible following. The album was the first of its kind, combining Arabic music theory and rhythms with electronic music tools and sounds creating a harmonious blend that is Electro-Tarab. VICE Magazine described the music as, “A pastiche of twitchy electronic sounds and golden age Arab pop music of the 1950s and 60s. It is alternately danceable and cathartic, melancholic and apocalyptic. Itʼs Massive Attack meets Abdel Halim Hafez.”