Traditional... but more modern

Can you be traditional and modern at the same time? Ask some of the groups performing at this year's BAM or MAC who create music today based on the sounds of yesterday or offer activities rooted in tradition.

19/09/2023 - 08:00 h - Culture and leisure Ajuntament de Barcelona

Sunday, September 24th at 10:30 PM – Moll de la Fusta

Flamenco Queer – A fusion of flamenco and transvestism that promises to transport you to a world full of passion and freedom.

Sunday, September 24th at 12:00 AM – Moll de la Fusta

La Cebolla and Negro Jari – These flamenco artists will pay homage to their Sevillian origins by blending this genre with rap or reggaeton.

Sunday, September 24th at 1:30 AM – Moll de la Fusta

Baiuca – Hailing from Galicia, Baiuca is one of the current pioneers in the renewal of traditional Iberian music. They will present a live performance accompanied by traditional musicians and a video artist. They will fill the stage with rhythms from days gone by that sound like the future and melodies that will transport you to unique soundscapes connecting you with the roots of Galician folklore, making you dance to the rhythm of “muñeiras.” Along the same path, you’ll also encounter Maestro Espada’s live performance, two brothers who have explored the musical richness of the Huerta de Murcia to create a unique project where analogue synthesizers merge with traditional instruments such as lutes, proving that electronic music can also be part of folklore.

Sunday, September 24th at 12:30 AM – Rambla del Raval

Rehema Tajiri & Queen Asher – Traveling a bit further from home, you’ll discover proposals like this one, coming from Tanzania, aiming to revive singeli, a musical genre from Dar es Salaam that has captured the hearts of thousands worldwide.

Sunday, September 24th at 11:00 PM – Plaza Reial

Etran de L’Aïr – They are the undisputed stars of the local wedding circuit in Agadez, Niger, blending guitars with the emblematic Pan-African style of their hometown.

Check the day – Palacete Albèniz

TRIA – A formation comprised of Àngela Furquet, Esther Sánchez, and Pedro Bartolomé, three artists with very diverse musical interests (jazz, early and classical music, rock, progressive folk, Latin American folklore) and one thing in common: Iberian folk and traditional music. For five years, this group has been sharing creative experiences rooted in folk music, and now they feel the need to share a joint creation. Thus, TRIA was born, a project through which they reinterpret the soundscapes of the fields where people worked, using their original songs as seeds.

Check the day – Parque de la Estació del Nord

Motanka – The name of this workshop offered as part of the MAC program refers to a traditional Ukrainian doll crafted by hand to be given as a gift to someone you trust and consider a friend. The Motanka doll is a symbol of wisdom, protection, and unity. In the workshop to be conducted by Xènia Tym in Parque de la Estació del Nord, you will learn the secrets of these amulet dolls and their ancestral significance.

More information here.