A blend of Franco-Spanish Flamenco in Zouk Mikael
Dame la Mano rocks the stage of the Youth and Culture Center
Under the glare of applause, the Franco-Spanish band Dame la Mano, “give me your hand” in Spanish, gave the last bow on their tour in Lebanon in a sensational Flamenco evening at the Youth and Culture Center – Zouk Mikael. This band is a duo composed of the singer Clara TUDELA whose warm voice and vibrant tones full of passion harmonize with the guitarist Gregorio IBOR-SANCHEZ in complex and deep rhythms that often find inspiration in the Arab-Andalusia flair.
This flamenco evening was organized by the Youth and Culture Center (YCC) in collaboration with the French Cultural Center – Jounieh, with the support of the Hariri foundation and Lebanon Development Union. The event was attended by the French cultural attaché Ms. Carol PRAT, the director of CCF Saida Mr. Olivier LANGE, Ms. Carla SLEIMAN representing CCF Jounieh, Member of the municipal council Mr. Elie ZOUGHEIB and Ms. Elise YAZBECK MOUSSA, board member of Lebanon Development Union.
Eliane FERSAN, director of programs and public relations at the Youth and Culture Center, welcomed the audience and thanked the French Cultural Mission not only for its continued support of the center but also for its contribution in initiating the dialogue of cultures and bridging all cultures of the Mediterranean. She also thanked the Scouts of Lebanon, 20th Group of Mount Lebanon for their collaboration, Ms. Angelique BEAINO for its continuing efforts, Lebanon Development Union for its constant support and Mayor Nouhad NAUFAL, the patron of all cultural events in Zouk Mikael.
After the welcome word, the concert started on the notes of Flamenco, a musical genre originated in
Andalusia, in southern Spain, a marriage of Gypsy and Arab influences. The band played a fusion of French and Spanish songs in a vital Flamenco style opened to the world. Both artists share a traditional Flamenco background, but tend increasingly towards personal compositions they feed from their daily « French Flamenco » experience. Both expressed with tense feelings and beauty, the pain and passion, the exile and devotion to ancestors, and above all, the celebration of the moment.