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Libana is a women’s world music ensemble that illuminates the creativity, vision, and spirit of the world’s women through the performance of traditional and contemporary music and dance. By raising awareness and appreciation for diverse cultural expressions and the universal themes that unite us all, Libana inspires intercultural understanding, healing, and peacebuilding.

Libana takes its name from a 10th century Moorish woman, who was a poet, philosopher, and musician, symbolically representing women’s creativity and vision throughout time. The group was founded by its Artistic Director, Susan Robbins in 1979, with the idea of exploring and performing music and dance which reflect women’s often undocumented creative contributions to their cultures. For the past 31 years, they have taken audiences throughout North America and Europe on inspiring and celebratory musical journeys, weaving together the songs, dances and instrumental music of the world’s cultures, especially as handed down through the artistic traditions of women.

Their repertoire of ancient melodies and contemporary tunes is performed a cappella and with a vast array of instruments including guitar, dumbek, accordion, oud, naqqara, clarinet and double bass. Their music is drawn from the divergent cultural expressions of the Mediterranean, the Balkans, the Middle East, Europe, Africa, Asia and South America. Libana’s music and dance go directly to the heart, inspiring audiences with wonder in the commonality of the global community.

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  • morejolli

    @ arlaqin: They aren't making that up, though information about the eponymous "Libana" is seemingly non-existent on the internet. The group's own website is helpful, stating that they were inspired by this exhibit: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Dinner_Party Sadly the trail goes cold there, as the curators themselves have only this to say about Libana: "The Dinner Party Wiki researchers were unable to confirm the information about Libana provided in previous descriptions by Judy Chicago. Should you have scholarly information to contribute, please email us at tdp.wiki@brooklynmuseum.org" Nonetheless, that exhibit is exceedingly interesting for anyone curious about historically influential women.

    24 Mar 2013 Reply
  • arlaqin

    'Libana takes its name from a 10th century Moorish woman, who was a poet, philosopher, and musician". are they making this up?

    21 Nov 2011 Reply
  • aleehwiccans

    wiccan music ♥ i ♥ libana well all come from the godness witch chant

    21 Apr 2009 Reply
  • Hakerh

    Beautifully clear voices!

    7 Feb 2009 Reply
  • Purple-Dusk

    Joint No1 in the first Witchy Pagans Album Chart

    10 Sep 2008 Reply
  • Yay-chan567

    Pretty ^.^

    3 May 2008 Reply

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