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Arabic music live in Barcelona

Live Arab music

In Café Arabia we make live performances of Arab music, by the best Arab musicians present in Barcelona.


From Tuesday to Sunday the best live Arab music from 22:00h.


Come and enjoy the best Arab rhythms in Café Arabia, in the centre of Barcelona’s Gothic quarter.

Traditional songs, folklore, classical Arab music, new Arab rhythms, fusion and musical tradition in a totally atmospheric venue that will make you feel like you are not in the West.

At Café Arabia you can accompany your evening of Arabic music with the best halal menu. ¡Visit us now!

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What is meant by Arabic music?

Arabic music is the music heard in Arabic-speaking countries, that is to say, those countries that share the Arabic language, regardless of the individual culture or customs of each of them. Although Westerners tend to label everything that is sung in Arabic as “Arab music”, there are different musical styles within Arab music itself, influenced by areas or cultures geographically close to one of the 22 Arab nations.

One example is the rhythms and melodies of areas that have been in contact with Persian, Turkish, Berber, Indian, Swahili, Andalusian and even European cultures. Arabic music can also have several facets and be included in different categories such as religious music, popular songs and classical Arabic music.

In general each Arab country has its own culture and musical tradition, just like any other Western musical genre.

What makes Arab music special?

For the Western ear, Arabic music is difficult to assimilate acoustically, because more emphasis is placed on melody and rhythm rather than harmony. In fact, in general terms Arabic music is homophonic, except for some specific genres of Arabic music that are polyphonic. Even the way of composing Arabic music follows a different pattern than the melodic modes of Western music, using the Arabian maqam system: the Iraqi maqam used for musical composition in Iraq and Turkey is considered as intangible heritage of UNESCO.