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06 October 2012 Tunisian Violinist Amina Srarfi & Her All-Female Orchestra in Fifth Performance of 21st Bahrain International Music Festival A mix of tradition and modernity with the first all-female orchestra in the Middle East
Tunisian violinist Amina Srarfi and her orchestra “El Azifet” took the audience gathered at the Cultural Hall on a delightful journey in the fifth and penultimate performance of the 21st Bahrain International Music Festival (Oct 4th). Srarfi is a true trailblazer, becoming the first Arab woman to lead an orchestra, and establishing “El Azifet” in 1992, the first all-female orchestra in the Middle East. In her performance, entitled “Omnia”, Srarfi performed an array of original compositions inspired by a variety of sources, ranging from her traditional Tunisian heritage and Arab cultures to Western rhythms such as the waltz and the rhumba.
The week-long festival is part of the “music month” – the 9th month of the year-long “Manama: Capital of Arab Culture 2012” program. The festival draws to a close with the sixth and final concert by Orquesta de Camara Reina Sofia (Spain) at 8 p.m. in the Cultural Hall on Friday, October 5th.
Audiences can find out more information about the lineup or artists and performances on, or by following the Ministry of Culture on Twitter @MOC_BH.
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