Salaam

Salaam

Bloomington, IN. Salaam has delighted audiences for years with its expansive repertoire of Middle Eastern and North African music. Iraqi-American band leader Dena El Saffar’s compositions take advantage her own eclectic musical upbringing to create a sound rooted in maqam (the modal system used throughout the Middle East), with tasteful forays into Latin, African, Balkan, Rock, Blues, and Classical styles. Salaam, whose name means peace in Arabic, is a musical ambassador for peaceful coexistence. “Salaam…subtly transposes a genre of music few Americans are even aware of into a sonic realm that feels enchanting and exotic, while still strangely familiar.” – Banning Eyre, NPR