Arab Song Jam


Photo © Gilles Soubeyrand


Tradition & popular Arabic songs reinvented

The ARAB SONG JAM concert series brings new interpretations of both popular and traditional Arab songs to the stage, at the WERKSTATT DER KULTUREN.

The concert series bases its format on the Black American jam session culture of the 1940s. The first set of the evening was presented by a regular trio or quartet, while the second set had musicians new to the city introduced by the band leader.

Similar to the jazz jam sessions in all cities around the world being oriented towards The Real Book’s jazz standards, the new concert series ARAB SONG JAM goes Maghreb makes use of the rich treasures of the Arab song repertoire, that were made famous throughout the Arab world by legendary singers such as Oum Kalthoum from Cairo and Fairuz from Beirut, as well as traditional works.


 Video © Ricardo Bacallao


The ARAB SONG JAM was founded in 2017 as part of LA SAISON ARABE, a whole-year special event series at the WERKSTATT DER KULTUREN. In addition to the concert series, a FAN-CAFÉ networking salon meeting for Arab-speaking artists and cultural practitioners took place, as did COMEDIA – the family evening with old comedy films from the Arab collection, FADFADAH - oral history workshops for refugee women as well as ACTING WORKSHOPS for Arabic actors.