Amina Alaoui is a Moroccan-born singer trained in both Moroccan and Western classical music. She lives in Spain now, and her first recording under her own name, Arco Iris, meditates on the ebb and flow of culture between these two Mediterranean lands.
The album spans many musical traditions and centuries. In “Hado,” Alaoui sings an arrangement of a text dating back to Al-Andalus, Moorish Spain six or more centuries ago. It’s the one place on Arco Iris where it feels like Alaoui is trying to conjure the actual sound of that mysterious, unrecorded era.