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"HAMSA: Music of Andalusia & North Africa" - East of the River

  • Huntington Recital Hall 1 College and Main Columbus, OH 43209 United States (map)

East of the River presents HAMSA featuring music from the geographic regions of Andalusia, North Africa, the Ottoman Empire, and the Sephardic Diaspora. Based on music using the melodic modal system referred to as the Makam, this program draws its listeners to the distinct beauty of and similarities between liturgical, folk, and Ottoman courtly music. The Hamsa is a palm-shaped amulet popular throughout the Middle East and North Africa depicting the open right hand, an image recognized and used as a sign of protection throughout history.