The Arab and Mediterranean Women’s Orchestra

ALMAR’À is the first orchestra of Arab and Mediterranean women and was created in 2017 between Florence and Rome thanks to the collaboration between Fondazione Fabbrica Europa and the Tunisian socio-cultural Center “Dar Tounsi”, and with the artistic coordination of Ziad Trabelsi.

“ALMAR’À”, a word that in Arabic means “woman”, brings together women and girls from different backgrounds – professional and non-professional musicians, students, rappers, classical musicians, modern singers – in a polyphony that wants to be a symbol of freedom against any violence, against any extremism and closure.

In this sense, ALMAR’À is first of all a journey into music and at the same time an occasion to portrays an existing Italy, but still hidden in individual experiences, lacking in a collective and complex tale.

In 2019 “Rim Almar’à” was released, the first single of the Orchestra (arrangement signed by Ziad Trabelsi, Mario Tronco, Pino Pecorelli, Leandro Piccioni), accompanied by
After winning the Druk International Film Festival (DIFF) and being nominee for the Golden Dragon Award, the “Rim Almar’à” videoclip by Francesco Cabras was nominated for the category ‘Best Female Vocalist’ for the LA Music Video Awards

The orchestra consists of Dania Alkabir Alhasani (Syria) – violin, Derya Davulcu (Turkey) – double bass, Silvia La Rocca (Eritrea/Ethiopia) – transverse flute, Sade Mangiaracina (Italy/Tunisia) – piano, Sana Ben Hamza (Tunisia) – percussion, Nadia Emam (Italy/Egypt), Kavinya Monthe Ndumbu (Kenya), Hana Hachana (Tunisia) and Yasemin Sannino (Turchia) – vocals, Valentina Bellanova (Italy) – nay, Vera Petra (Italy) – percussion, Dima Dawood (Syria) – kanoun, Eszter Nagypal (Hungary) – cello.

concept: Ziad Trabelsi and Maurizio Busìa
production manager: Simona Capristo

with the support of Fondazione Pianoterra onlus, Fondazione Cultura e Arte, Associazione Carthage Mosaik, Associazione Isola di legno


The first step of the project has been supported by


Fondazione Fabbrica Europa / Festival au Désert Firenze / Estate Fiorentina
Faouzi M’rabet – Centro socio-culturale tunisino Dar Tounsi di Roma

Thanks to Mario Tronco, Pino Pecorelli, Leandro Piccioni, Alessia Bulgari,
Elisa Serangeli, Fabrizio Cardosa, Isenarda De Napoli, Sakina Al Azami, Hend Zouari,
Veronica Khizani, Maurizio Scaparro, Carlo Mosso, Ferdinando Ceriani.



July 12, 2017 | Festival au Désert – Piazza Ognissanti, Florence
October 13, 2017 | MEDITERRI-AMO – Teatro della Pergola, Florence
July 11, 2019 | Festival au Désert – Spiaggia sull’Arno, Florence
December 15, 2019 | Il Suono della Parola – Complesso di S.ta Maria delle Anime del Purgatorio ad Arco, Naples
September 8, 2020 | Festival au Désert – PARC, Florence



[photos: Monia Pavoni]














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