Saskia Törnqvist

Introduction Muwashahat

Flamenco Biënnale 2019

Saskia Törnqvist

The Moor’s Last Sigh” and the Moroccan songs of longing

1492: Granada falls to the Catholic kings. The Andalusian Jews and Moors get a “choice”: get out or convert to Catholicism. Many took to the Mediterranean in ramshackle boats to try and reach the North African shores. What did they take with them? Their stories, their worldly wisdom and their refined music, developed at the courts of Córdoba and Granada. In Morocco the Arab-Andalusian music was further enriched by new rhythms, colours and dimensions. Can we still recognize the traces that take us back to the fateful exodus that took place some 500 years ago?