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Billed as a Lebanese instrumental band inspired by flamenco music, Rojo del Libano perform both classical Spanish flamenco puro and a fusion of traditional Spanish and Oriental music. Mining the Arab influences already evident in the flamenco tradition – which dates from the Middle Ages and the aftermath of the Islamic caliphate of Al-Andalus in the Iberian Peninsular – they combine a distinctive flamenco beat with Arabic lyrics and Oriental melodies played on the clarinet. Their single, released by Virgin Megastores, pairs lively Arab percussion with a distinctive flamenco beat, a powerful electric bassline and soulful Arabic vocals, courtesy of singers Salah and Serena, both of whom skillfully communicate the kind of passion and raw emotion associated with classical flamenco. A flamenco guitarist and composer, Shehayeb studied the discipline in Seville before launching Rojo del Libano, whose diverse lineup consists of 12 musicians, including two guitarists, three percussionists and three vocalists. Salah and Serena provided the Oriental element in the experimental fusion compositions, their Arabic vocals gelling with the distinctive flamenco mode.
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