Alif is the collective sound of five musicians at the forefront of independent music in the Arab world. Conceived in 2012 and taking its name from the first letter of the Arabic alphabet, Alif features Khyam Allami (oud), Tamer Abu Ghazaleh (vocals and buzuq), Bashar Farran (bass), Maurice Louca (keys and electronics), and Khaled Yassine(drums and percussion).
Both Maurice Louca and Kyham Allami’s previous CTM appearances — with the Dwarfs of East Agouza (2016) and supporting Sunn O))) (2014) respectively suggest an evening of high intensity and contrasts.
The band’s wide-ranging influences, along with their unified and intriguing energy, give birth to a soundscape that is at once familiar and unknown.
Their self-produced debut, Aynama-Rtama (Wherever It Falls), released in 2015, is a reflection of its time and environment. Recorded between Beirut and Cairo, it traces a complex labyrinth of genres, sounds, and emotions, rendered as a unique postcard of the tumultuous rollercoaster ride of its time.
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Friday, 29th July 2016 | 20:00 CET
Kantine am Berghain | Am Wriezener Bahnhof | 10243 Berlin/Friedrichshain