Well known to the “aficionados” of oriental music for its many quality services, CHARLY makes us live his passion with love and talent.
Cradled from his earliest childhood in Judeo-Moroccan music, he makes us relive the richness of the songs of the masters of “Chaabi”, of “Haouzi” of “Gharnati” as well as of Moroccan liturgical song in its pure secular tradition. These melodies imbued with poems which speak of love and friendship, these complaints, these cries, these praises for the beloved of his country are all marks of affection, bursts of tenderness for his audience to whom he owes so much and for which he wants to share everything.
The warned music lover will recognize CHARLY’s perfectionism, good taste, subtlety as well as the excellence of the interpretation and above all this warm and powerful voice in perfect harmony that moves and bewitches us.
Yoni Elmaleh – MusiKa
Singer Pinhas Cohen has been entertaining audiences across the world for over 45 years. Internationally known, he sings in four languages and in addition to his talent as a singer, Cohen is an accomplished songwriter, composer and performer.
Born in Casablaca, Morocco in 1960 to a family of musicians, Cohen started singing with his father at age seven. By the time he was 16, he was already the lead singer in a band he had started. At that age, Cohen needed his father to manage the business side of his music career. Through his talent as a singer and his skill as a musician, Cohen quickly rose to international prominence.
He has been invited to sing for many prominent heads of states, including the previous King of Morocco King Hasan II, and the country’s current monarch, King Mohammad VI. During a tour through Middle Eastern countries, Cohen was invited to sing before the King of Saudi Arabia. He has also performed in Egypt, Iraq, throughout Africa, France, Brazil, and Canada.
Cohen sings in four different languages—French, Syrian/Arabic, Hebrew and Moroccan. He sings Hebrew religious songs (piyutim) in the Sephardic style at religious events, like “Rabbi Shimon Bar Yohai Hilula.” He is also known to sing famous Arabic and Middle Eastern songs at social events, and his performances are always lively.
Avi grew up in Israel in the Beit She’an Valley and began singing at an early age, His Poetry came through the piyyutim from the synagogue. Yehuda Poliker once picked up Avi when he was a ten years old kid, when he arrived at the Independence Day concert in Beit Shean. And his father sang in a choir that warmed up Poliker’s performance, and Poliker suggested that he sing “Sulam Yaakov,” with him a song he later incorporated into his album. In 1998 Avi arrived to the USA and instantly became a very popular singer within the Sephardic Community performing at weddings and private events, To say that Avi Perets was due for an album is probably an understatement, The wait was finally over in 2017 when Avi released his album, Kmo Aish the Album was produced by Avi Newmark of Newmark Productions, Currently Avi lives in Great Neck and also serves as the cantor of the Ahavat Shalom synagogue Avi will join us for Passover in Savoy Legrand hotel Marrakech for the entire Chag.
As a world-class musician, Rachid Halihal brings to the community the true character and spirit of musics from the classical Egyptian repertoire which is much loved throughout the Middle East; from the Fertile Crescent; from diverse regions of Morocco and North Africa.
As a child, growing up in Fez, Morocco, Rachid played the nei and sang, imitating the famous singers of the time. At age fourteen he entered “Dar Aadyil” the Conservatory of Music in Fez. At first he studied Western classical and Andalus music on piano and violin. He soon expanded to include a variety of other instruments in order to better express his native music. In addition to his voice, which is best featured in the Andalus style, his strongest instruments are the oud (similar to a lute without frets) and the violin, which he plays in both the classical manner and upright resting on the knee for Moroccan folkloric music.
Until 1986, Rachid played in an Andalus orchestra in Fez, and at various occasions throughout Casablanca. Then, over a span of fourteen years, he presented his music to a more varied audience. This included an extended stay in the Ivory Coast; one year in Sweden; one year in Finland, where he and his seven piece band played at the Helsinki International Music Festival sharing the bill with Cheb Khaled; and in the coastal city of Agadir, Morocco, Rachid fully managed a night club, its musicians, and folkloric troupe for seven of those years, playing his music every night for the club’s primarily touristic and Arabian clientele. On his violin, he accompanied many of Morocco’s well known singers who toured to Agadir. On many occasions he played with Mohammed Abdo, one of the Arabian Gulf’s most loved singers. singer and oud player in his own right.
In Summer 2004 Rachid toured the USA with The Chicago Classical Oriental Ensemble playing Moroccan Andalus music with Abdelfattah Bennis, including Genesis at the Crossroads Festival in Chicago. He was presented at Columbia University in concert with visiting Israeli singer, Michel Cohen, with Moroccan singer Pinhas in New York and Miami, as well as other ethnic concerts and events throughout New York City. In 2003-4, Rachid was presented with his band at Denver’s Global Groove World Music Festival, with Nawang Kechong in Aspen, in two separate Mid-East Dance concerts at the Boulder Theater, Colorado, with Souhail Kaspar in Denver, Boulder, Portland, and Los Angeles. Rachid also played at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art for the inaugural King Tut exhibit in the US on June 15, 05. In Summer of ’05 Rachid toured the USA and Canada with Rachid Taha (Algerian/French) Rai-rock band.
Rachid will join us for Passover in Savoy Legrand hotel Marrakech for the entire Chag.