Karima El Filliali (photo Esma Alouet, copyright World Of Wils)

Karima El Fillali

Mon 20 May 2024 20:15 - 21:30
Mon 20 May 2024
20:15 - 21:30


19.15 uur / Foyerdeck 1 / Pre-concert talk
by Mohamedou Ould Slahi (in English)

20.15 uur / Grote Zaal / Main programme
Music by Karima el Fillali, Kaveh Vares, Daniel Tiuri Wils (SENSE) set to poems by Ibn Arabi, Mansur al-Halladj and Rabia al-Adawiyya


Karima El Fillali vocals
Stijn van Beek live electronics, low whistle, uilleann pipes 
Marcos Baggiani drums, percussion
Jamil al Asadi qanun

Captivating Sufi poetry in spectacular 4DSOUND

Last year, singer Karima El Fillali shone in Yara’s Wedding, the acclaimed musical theatre production by NITE. She’s now here with her long-anticipated solo show, featuring collaborations with fantastic musicians playing both traditional and modern instruments from the East and West. Her captivating vocals are amplified to a new level of spatial immersion thanks to the spectacular, surround-sound speaker system of 4DSOUND.

El Fillali infuses traditional Arabic music with a 21st-century twist. She uses centuries-old poetry by Sufi mystics like Mansur al-Hallaj and Ibn Arabi, about love, light and darkness, joy and sorrow. At the same time, her music is heavily influenced by Western classical music, hip-hop and art-pop.

Mohamedou Ould Slahi
Introducer Mohamedou Ould Slahi is writer in residence at NITE. Originally from Mauritania, Slahi has a strong connection to the spiritual heritage, poetry and cultural background of the Sahara. He was wrongfully imprisoned in Guantánamo Bay for 14 years without trial. His book, Guantánamo Diary, was filmed in 2021 as The Mauritanian.

This is a production of Muziekgebouw Production House in collaboration with 4DSOUND