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Music from Cadiz, Spain Comes to Central Pennsylvania

The Weis Center for the Performing Arts will welcome world music ensemble La Banda Morisca on Friday, November 3 at 7:30 p.m. at the Weis Center.

Comprised of musicians from Cadiz, Spain, with different professional backgrounds, La Banda Morisca’s music is a convergence of roots and traditional music and the desire to experiment and evoke the cultural heritage of ancient al-Andalus and the legacy it has left on the music performed in Andalusia, the Maghreb and the Middle East.

Inspired by this Andalusí heritage and by the folkloric cannon of ballads, the sextet has developed a creative and unique repertoire that combines the traditions of the eastern and western Mediterranean with the spirit of flamenco and Andalusian rock.

This engagement of La Banda Morisca is made possible in part through the Iber Exchange program of Mid Atlantic Arts with support from the National Endowment for the Arts in collaboration with Ibermúsicas.  

La Banda Morisca released its self-titled debut album in 2013.  It was followed by Algarabya in 2016 and Gitana Mora in 2020.

Between 2016 and 2019, the band has performed at some of the most important festivals and venues in the world, including SXSW, the New YorkFlamenco Festival, the Arab World Festival of Montreal,The Small World Music Center in Toronto, the New England Conservatory in Boston, The Old Town School of Folk Music in Chicago, Miami Dade College, the MiamiFlamenco Festival, theHavana World Music Festival, the Merzouga International Festival, L´Institut du Monde Arabe in Paris, the Festival des Musiques Métisses de Angoulême, the Spanish Pavilion at the 2017 Astana World Expo, the Sharq Taronalari Festival in Samarcanda, where they were awarded the Festival Jury Prize, WOMEX 2017 in Katowice, the Fira Mediterrania, theKrems Festival and the Sziget Festival in Budapest.


Vocals: José Mari Cala
Oud and Moorish Guitar: José Cabral
Electric Bass: Jerónimo Melgar
Winds: Antonio Torres
Percussion: David Ruiz
Violin: Belén Lucena

Tickets are $20 for adults, $16 for seniors 62+ and subscribers, $10 for youth 18 and under, $10 for Bucknell employees and retirees (limit 2), free for Bucknell students (limit 1) and $10 for non-Bucknell students (limit 2).

Tickets can be reserved by calling 570-577-1000 or online at

Tickets are also available in person from several locations including the Weis Center lobby (weekdays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.) and the CAP Center Box Office, located on the ground floor of the Elaine Langone Center (weekdays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.).

For more information about this event, contact Lisa Leighton, marketing and outreach director, at 570-577-3727 or by e-mail at

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