Orquesta Chekara Flamenca

Orquesta Chekara Flamenca


Orquesta Chekara Flamenca sums up a centennial relationship between two neighbouring and brotherly cultures: Morocco and Andalusia. The project keeps alive the rich Arabo-Andalusian legacy recurring to the expressive forms of flamenco.


Abdessadak Chekara, one of XXth century violin maestros, founded the first Arabo-Andalusian orchestra in Tetuan 50 years ago. Later, that orchestra would be known as the Orquesta Chekara de Tetuán. Jallal Chekara, Abdessadak's natural nephew, is the director of the orchestra now. Jallal, who resides in Granada, has kept the traditional repertoire alive, as well as the orchestra's deep relationship to flamenco, making good use of the old musicians' abilities and adding young members as the most experienced ones have disappeared.

Orquesta Chekara, along with flamenco artists, has performed more than 30 concerts since the last year and a half. Besides, 2008 has been a milestone for Arabo-Andalusian music: we have celebrated the 10th anniversary of Abdessadak Ben Chekara' death. There have been several noteworthy musical meetings with the famous composer Michael Nyman, with whom they recorded the album "the upside-down violin, live" in 1992 on occasion of of the Universal Exposition of Seville.

But let’s go back to the origin. José Heredia Maya released “Macama Jonda” (Polygram) 25 years ago. In his first performance in Granada he collaborated with Enrique Morente, Antonia La Negra, Luis Heredia “El Polaco” and Jaime Heredia “El Parrón”, among other flamenco artists. Orquesta Chekara of Tetuán collaborated in that performance too, beginning a long term relationship with flamenco.

Jallal’s most important task has been his continuous work with Andalusian flamenco. He has worked closely with front line flamenco artists as –one more time- Enrique Morente (since January 1998), Carmen Linares (“Dos Orillas”), Segundo Falcón and Arcángel (“Cus Cús Flamenco), Segundo Falcón (“Tierra de Nadie”), Mª Ángeles Gabaldón (“Inmigración”); as well as occasional collaborations with El Pele, Esperanza Fernández, La Lole, La Susi, David Palomar, El Lombo, etc.
Orquesta Chekara of Tetuan has recently released its first album in Spain, “La Chekara y el Flamenco, primera parte” (Musica es Amor Records). The album compiles, exposes and reflects the intense musical relationship between the orchestra and flamenco from their first meeting under the guide of Pepe Heredia, Macamahonda, more than two decades ago, to our days. Enrique Morente and Segundo Falcón contribute with outstanding collaborations.

“La Chekara y el flamenco, primera parte” sums up a centennial relationship between two neighbouring and brotherly cultures.


Festival de flamenco de Valencia – Valencia - January (w/ Enrique Morente)
Encuentros Étnicos Cam – Alicante – February (w/ Enrique Morente)
Festival Tres Culturas - Murcia – May (w/ Michael Nyman)
Festival Internacional de Música y Danza de Granada – Granada - June
Terral - Málaga – July (w/ Michael Nyman)
Veranos de la Villa – Madrid – July (w/ Michael Nyman)
Foro Social Mundial - Rivasvacia (Madrid) – September (w/ Enrique Morente)
Teatro Leal (reapertura) – La Laguna – September (w/ Enrique Morente)
Bienal de Flamenco de Sevilla – Sevilla – September
Festival de las Dos Orillas – Toledo – December (w/ Enrique Morente)

Plus more than 40 shows all over Spain (theatres and festivals) in the last two years.


In December 2008, la Orquesta Chekara de Tetuán releases "The Chekara and the Flamenco, Part 1" published by Musica es Amor with the collaboration of Enrique Morente, Segundo Falcón and Paco Jarana and the participation of the usual band in live: Raúl Cantizano, Vicente Gelo y Alicia Acuña.

Before that we can highlight "Upside-down violin, life" with Michael Nyamn (1992) Universal Music; "Macamahonda",Poligram of Music (1982).

Orquesta Chekara de Tetuan has over 15 albums during the lifetime of its founder, Abdessadak Chekara.

Set List

Orquesta Chekara de Tetuan and Flamenco set list:

1- Tahiya de Tetuán/tangos extremeños
2- Yarahtini/soleá
3- Habib el Kalb/farruca
4- Habib el Kamar/cantes abandolaos
5- Amulati/tanguillos
6- Mawal/seguiriya
7- Kulu lil Lumni/tangos
8- Ya Wolidi/andalusí