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Wednesday, February 15, 2006

THE MUSIC OF ISLAM - Volume Four: Music of the Arabian Peninsula

Gateway to village...Oman, Arabian Peninsula
Well I bring you yet another of these great volumes in the superb collection.
This one is not my favourite I have to say but...well, you would do well not to listen to me. I know next to nothing about everything anyway right?

Time is of the essence today so just take the review I found and decide for yourself!

During the early phase of conceptualizing what would become The Music of Islam, at least one volume was planned to be recorded in Iraq, in the ancient city of Basra. However, the tempest of world politics prevented us from accomplishing this goal.

With no legal means to enter Iraq our approach changed to a global search for Iraqi musicians. And to our surprise, in the beautiful port city of Doha in the small Emirate of Qatar on the east coast of the Arabian peninsula (not too far south of the Iraqi border), we discovered an expatriate community of Iraqi musicians, all born in Baghdad and graduates of Baghdad University.

The Music of Islam, Volume Four embraces some of the most beautiful Islamic music from Iraq, featuring the 'ud and various percussion instruments, performed by Iraqi master musicians who keep their music traditions alive in Qatar.

The Artists:
Producer David Parsons eloquently captures the traditional classical and art music of Iraq in this volume of The Music of Islam series featuring two expatriate musicians from Iraq.
Born in Iraq in 1389/1969, Mohammed Saleh Abd Al-Saheb Lelo, holds a degree in music from the Faculty of Fine Arts, Baghdad University, with a major focus on the 'ud (oud, a short-necked fretless lute) and qanun (a type of plucked board zither). He worked as a session musician for Iraqi broadcasting from 1409/1988-1416/1995 and has worked with most of the leading Iraqi vocalists. In addition to his recordings and numerous performances at major festivals in Iraq, Mohammed Saleh taught music courses at Baghdad University and Babel University and has published articles in local newspapers. Currently, Mohammed Saleh is the 'ud and qanun player for the Qatar Vision Advertising and Media Production Agency.
Young girl. Oman, Arabian Peninsula.
Haitham Hasan, born in 1389/1969, began playing percussion instruments at the age of nine. His training includes the study of all the Arabic percussion instruments. He has performed in major international music festivals and has recorded with many well–known Arabic singers. In this recording, Haitham is featured on the tabalah (a goblet drum), kasur (a small single–headed drum), riqq (tambourine), tar (a single–headed frame drum), sajat (copper finger cymbals), drenga (like the tabalah but more metallic in sound) and the tabl (a double–headed cylindrical drum).

1 QUAM NA DIMI 7'27"
3 TAQSIM I 3'40"
5 AL HAJR 7'12"
7 TAQSIM 2 6'21"
8 BEAD KONTO 6'40"
10 TAQSIM 3 5'50"
Total Time: 64'49"


part 1
part 2

That be that for another day..

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks so much for taking time to upload the music of Islam. This is fabulous stuff, and so few people have heard music like this. Fantastic posts!

2/16/2006 05:09:00 pm  
Anonymous Turk said...

Having spent a little travelling, i've found India, Nepalese - Buddhist & Hindu, South African - Various Caribbean music from Haiiti to of course Reggae all easily obtainable. Thanks so much for the effort made to bring us the Music of Islam collection - i can now also relive my North African visit from my hi fi.

2/19/2006 06:38:00 pm  
Anonymous camillo said...

Thanks so much for this magnificent opus. I hope that your links stay long, so that i will be able to download the other volumes.
Great music in your archive, too.

2/25/2006 09:57:00 pm  

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