Hello, my name is Sanaa, I am the founder of MALAMOR and the author of the songs. I am from Trieste (Italy) and now live in Ljubljana (Slovenia). Many years ago I moved to the desert of northern Mexico with my husband, we lived there for 13 mostly happy years and had two beautiful children - but then he died in an accident. I came back to Europe and for some time struggled through the sadness and the demands of bringing up two kids on my own - and then something wonderful started happening. Every time I had a bubble bath, songs came to me - fully formed with melody, lyrics, rhythm. I was not a musician and couldn't play any instrument, so I just sang them into a recorder. Soon, the songs started accumulating and I gathered four great Slovenian musicians to perform them with me - we are called MALAMOR. The band members are: Sanaa Taha, Blaz Celarec, Luka Ropret, Jaka Hawlina, and Peter Baros.
The songs are in different languages (I speak five), the musical genre is syncretic - cabaret, swing, soul, psychedelia, Mexican folk, blues, tango, garage punk, etc… - they mostly speak of love, loss, and desire, and the underlying theme is a longing for Mexico and what it represents.
To me, words are just as important as the music and, in fact, when a song first visits me the lyrics are one with the melody and the rhythm. Below are little postcards that I make with phrases from my songs which we sometimes distribute during our concerts:
From the song "Ophelia" (in English) -
From the song "Loin d'ici" (in French) -
From the song "Flores" (in Spanish) -