Two UAE Debuts — ecstatic Italian pizzica tarantata meets propulsive Algerian Saharan rhythms in an exciting cross-boundary musical conversation.

Day 1 of Barzakh Festival features CGS — Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino (Italy) and Lemma (Algeria).

In addition to the music, enjoy a Night souk style artisan shopping experience at the concert with quality street food and 40 locally based artisan stalls, with items ranging from handmade soaps, candles, local artwork, jewelry, home décor, pottery, and many more. Access to the Night souk is free and open to the public, so bring your family along!

Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino (Italy)

Now led by his award-winning multi-instrumentalist son, Mauro Durante, CGS were established in Puglia in 1975 by the writer Rina Durante, and are the first and most important group to produce popular Salentinian music from southern Italy. CGS have updated their sound to create a fascinating reinterpretation of tradition and modernity that revolves around the famous pizzica tarantata ritual, a popular Italian folk music that marked the ancient healing ritual against the bite of the dangerous tarantula spider.

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