Dandana: A Celebration of Muslim Voices
Featuring: Hakim (Egypt) and Alim Qasimov Ensemble (Azerbaijan)
in partnership with the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs
When: June 16, 2011, Show at 6:30PM
Where: Jay Pritzker Pavilion, Millennium Park
Dandana: A Celebration of Muslim Voices is now produced annually through a partnership with the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA). This year’s concert will feature a diverse line-up with the Alim Qasimov Ensemble from Azerbaijan and Egypt’s famed star and folk legend Hakim. The program is part of DCA’s Music Without Borders series.
Hakim, born in Maghagha, a small town in Al Minya, Egypt, formed his first band at 14 and started performing at parties and school functions with the accompaniment of a tabla, duff, and an accordion, playing covers of classic Sha’bi hits. Reaching popularity quickly, the band soon expanded by adding keyboards and drums and performing all over the Minya province. After studying in Cairo and committing to a career in music, Hakim signed a deal with Sonar Ltd./Slam Records. Nazra, released in 1991 was among the top of the charts, getting airplay throughout Cairo. Hakim toured the U.S. in spring 2000, releasing a double CD of his Brooklyn show, The Lion Roars – Live in America. In 2004 he released his album El Yomen Dol including a duet track with the famous American soul/funk singer James Brown. In 2007, Hakim recorded the song “Tigy Tigy” with the Puerto Rican singer Don Omar.
Alim Qasimov Ensemble
Alim Qasimov is an Azerbaijani musician, and one of the foremost folk singers in Azerbaijan. He was awarded the International Music Council-UNESCO Music Prize in 1999, one of the highest international accolades for music. According to The New York Times, “Alim Qasimov is simply one of the greatest singers alive, with a searing spontaneity that conjures passion and devotion, contemplation and incantation.” Qasimov’s ensemble includes his incredibly talented daughter, adding an intimate, familial vibe to the music.
Dandana: A Celebration of Muslim Voices is in partnership with the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs.