DOS MEDINAS BLANCAS
CARMEN PARIS Y NABYLA MAAN
TWO CULTURES UNITED BY MUSIC
Spanish artist CARMEN PARIS and Moroccan singer NABYLA MAAN started a partnership through the 2015 collaboration between the music festivals “Pirineos Sur” in Huesca (Spain) and “L’Boulevard” in Casablanca (Morocco), there was no better title for the record than “Dos Medinas Blancas” (“Two White Cities”). It is a dialogue between two modern voices that represent sister cultures – the Iberian culture of the Ebro (the Roman Iberus river) and the Maghreb culture of North Africa – in which we both sing from the other’s repertoire, despite not speaking the language. This gives us both a new type of sound, which is completed by three Spanish musicians and two Moroccan musicians who skilfully navigate between the two lands with knowledge and expertise in a recording that is as organic as our cohabitation through our rehearsals and concerts.
A fluid dialogue through the magic of deep-rooted music that can dissolve barriers and prejudices. This record is of cultures that are linked without losing their identity, singing about another possible world. Songs with another kind of logic are not just possible today as they were yesterday; rather, they are urgently needed.