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Friday Music Series: Darwish Dancing with Takht Ensemble

April 27 @ 1:15 pm - 2:15 pm EDT

The CCAS is excited to partner with the Performing Arts Department on this installment of their Friday Music Series.

Khaled AlMaoulaoui is a Syrian Dervish dancer and acclaimed percussionist hailing from a family of Sufi performers. Khaled will be accompanied by a traditional Takht ensemble (Middle Eastern orchestra), including Huda Asfour, oud and qanoun, Kamyar Arsani, daf and Chakib Hillali on oud and Nay. 

The ensemble will present traditional Sufi and Syrian musical repertoire. Whirling dervish dance is a form of Sama or physically active meditation which originated among Sufis, emphasizes universal love, peace, acceptance of various spiritual paths and a mystical union with the divine, the dancing of whirling dervishes, who originated in the 13th century as followers of the poet and Muslim mystic, Rumi. 

The Georgetown University Friday Music Series features acclaimed artists in free concerts at 1:15 p.m. on select Fridays.


This series is made possible in part by a Department of Education Title VI grant to support Georgetown University’s National Resource Center – Middle East & North Africa.


April 27
1:15 pm - 2:15 pm


dc, United States
dc 20057 United States

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