Thursday, October 9, 2008

Gnawa Diffusion - Souk System (2003)

Gnawa Diffusion is an Algerian Gnawa music band based. The group's lead singer, Amazigh (literally meaning 'Free Man' in the Tamazight), is the son of the Algerian writer and poet Kateb Yacine. Although there is a strong Gnawa influence, the band is noted for its mix of reggae and roots music.

This is a list of the members of the band:

* Amazigh Kateb : Vocal and Gumbri
* Mohamed Abdenour : Mandolin, Banjo, Krakebs, Choir
* Pierre Bonnet : Bass
* Philippe Bonnet : Drums
* Salah Meguiba : Keyboard, Oriental Percussion , Choir
* Pierre Feugier : Guitar, Choir, Krakebs
* Amar Chaoui : Percussionist, Choir

Gnawa Diffusion is very popular in Algeria and is renowned in many other countries like Morocco and France.

01 Métropole
02 Déca-Dance
03 Itchak El Baz
04 Lalla Mira El Gnawia
05 El Hadia
06 Charla-Town
07 Match Bettikh
08 Douga Douga
09 Baraket
10 Ya Laymi
11 Djelsa
12 Tête à tête avec Baghdad
13 Saki Baki
14 Guelb ou Dem

95MB | 192KB | 2003


Amazigh Kateb Official Page

Gnawa Diffusion 'Wikipedia'

Friday, April 18, 2008

El-Funoun - Zareef (Folkloric tunes from Palestine)

El-Funoun was founded in 1979 by a small number of enthusiastic, talented and committed men and women, who collectively strove to present a special flavour of authentic Palestinian music and dance. Since then, El-Funoun has been throned the leading Palestinian dance company. In Palestine, as well as among Palestinians in exile, El-Funoun has achieved unprecedented popular recognition, and quite a few of the Troupe’s songs have become household tunes.

El-Funoun is widely recognized as the cultural entity that has played the most significant role in reviving and reinvigorating the Palestinian dance and music folklore. This accomplishment was particularly momentous since it effectively helped counter the systematic attempts by the Israeli Occupation to suppress the Palestinian national identity. One of the foremost achievements in this regard is the annual tradition of celebrating the Palestinian Folklore Day, that El-Funoun initiated in 1986.

Nevertheless, producing dance in a traditional society living under occupation has always presented El-Funoun with particularly serious challenges. Travel bans and random arrests of Troupe members, on the one hand, were some of El-Funoun’s special share of the repressive measures of the Israeli Occupation. On the other hand, discrimination against women, resistance to cultural change and relative intolerance of intellectual pluralism have symbolized the obstacles the Troupe had to reckon with as a result of some of the outdated norms and traditions in Palestinian society.

Despite all the challenges stacked against its growth, El-Funoun succeeded in producing several pioneering works, that attracted admiration and enthusiasm from Palestinian, Arab and international audiences. Throughout its eventful history, El-Funoun has maintained its unique character and popularity, stemming from its artistic experience and vision.

01 My Olive Tree
02 Don't Leave!
03 Oh, The Way He Walks
04 Dialogue
05 Fetching Water
06 Rain Prayer
07 The Meadow Smiled
08 Dignity
09 Alli Narak
10 Her Eyes!
11 Layya w Layya
12 Dal'onet Issimsim
13 Palm Branch
14 Haifa to Jenin
15 Ouf Mash'al'
16 The Sun Danced
17 Funouniyyat

50MB-58MB | 320KB | 2005

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El-Funoun Palestinian Popular Dance Troupe Page

Monday, April 7, 2008

Naseer Shamma & Oyoun - Hilal

Naseer Shamma established Al-Oyoin Group in Cairo in 1999 based on the workshop system which gives the musician a high value in the musical field and in his relationship with the instrument he plays. With our use of musical instruments for which the traditional Arabic orchestra (Al-Takht) was known, we introduced other instruments that were added to the traditional Takht. As we know the Takht is a form of a band consisted of more or less than five musicians not more than seven which was favored at the Abbasid era, and specifically during the days of Haroun Al-Rasheed and subsequent eras. The Takht was always present and changed commensurate with to the type of music and the prevailing cultural atmosphere.

Track List:

01 Hali Bihi Yahlo
02 Bein Elnakhil
03 Halat Wayd
04 Hilal Al Saba
05 Zaman al-Nahawand
06 Taalim Huriyya
07 Ishraq
08 Lil Ruh Hadith
09 Subhan El Dayem

81.5MB | 192KB | 2005


Naseer Shamma Official Page
Al-Oyoin Group

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Sayyed Darwish - Beirut Oriental Ensemble

01 Mounyati Azza Stibari
02 Ya Shadi Al Alhan
03 Ya 'ouzayba Al Marshaf
04 Schtou Wajdan
05 Bisifaten Ga'alatni
06 Namma Dam'i Min 'ouyouni
07 Salla Fiana Al Lahza Hindiyya
08 Koullama Roumtou Irtishafan
09 Ya Bahguet Al Rouh
10 Tef Ya Dourri
11 Al 'azara Al Maissat
12 Ya Tara Ba'd Al Bi'ad
13 Hayyara Al Afkar
14 Hibbi Da'ani Lilwisal
15 Dayya't Mustaqbal Hayati


Ghada Shbeir - Voice
Rima Khcheiche - Voice
Imane Homsy - Qanun
Charbel Rouhana - Oud
Samir Mahmoud Siblini - Nay
Ali El Khatib - Rek


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Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Gilad Atzmon & The Orient House Ensemble (2000)

01 Pardonnez Nous (Trad. Ladino)
02 Shir (G Atzmon)
03 Miron Dance (Trad. Ladino)
04 Nard-ish (M. Davis)
05 Rai Print (W. Shorter)
06 Miserlou (Trad. Greek)
07 Orient House (G. Atzmon)
08 Balladi (G. Atzmon)


Gilad Atzmon - Soprano Saxophone, Clarinet & Sol
Frank Harrison - Piano & Melodica
Asaf Sirkis - Drumset & Bandir
Oli Hayhurst - Double Bass

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Thursday, March 6, 2008

Kudsi Erguner - Islam Blues (2001)

Kudsi Erguner lives and works in Paris as musician (Ney-flute, which is a reed flute), composer, musicologist, teacher, author, and translator.

He was born February 4 of 1952 in Diyarbakir, Turkey. Erguner comes from a family of Turkish musicians. His contact with many famous musicians from the older generation, who continually passed through his parents house, and his involvement with various Sufi-brotherhoods, whose music and teachings Erguner studied, left their decisive marks on him. He received his training directly from his father, Ulvi Erguner, who was the last great master of the ney.

In 1969 he became a member of Istanbul Radio Orchestra. A few yeas later, in 1975, he moved to Paris to study in architecture and musicology.

Erguner carried out musical research in 1976 and collaborated on the filming on location in Afghanistan of Peter Brook's movie, Meetings with Remarkable Men.

In 1980 he made a research trip to Turkey, commissioned by UNESCO. A year later he founded in Paris the Mevlana Institute for the study of the classical music and teachings of the Sufis.

During 1985-88 he created original compositions, including work for Peter Brook's Mahabharata (theater piece and film).

In 1986/87 he made an expedition to Pakistan commissioned by Radio France and France Musique for the purpose of recording and documenting traditional music

The year 1988 saw the creation of the group Fasl (later the Kudsi Erguner Ensemble) with the goal of reviving the classical music repertoire of the 16th century Ottoman Empire. That same year he collaborated with Peter Gabriel on the soundtrack for Martin Scorsese's The Last Temptation of Christ.

In 1991 he composed original music for Neva, a ballet by Carolyn Carlson, performed at the Théâtre de la Ville de Paris. He also provided original music in 1997 for the ballet Le Voyage Nocturne by Maurice Béjart, performed at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, Paris

Kudsi Erguner's Ottomania (1999) is alleged to be the first World Music project that integrates the classical music of the Ottoman Empire with Western jazz improvisations and rhythms. It documents the story of a remarkable musical encounter, and is a logical continuation of Erguner's eventful life. "Unfortunately, 99% of the fusion music that is produced today is simply badly pasted together collages. With Ottomania, I have attempted to let a fusion really develop. It was therefore necessary for both sides to take a step towards each other. With Kudsi Erguner's ensemble on one side, and three great musicians from the international jazz scene - the German saxophonist Christof Lauer, the French tuba and serpent player Michel Godard, and the American drummer Mark Nauseef - on the other, Ottomania has successfully taken this step."

Kudsi Erguner has given concerts and played in major festivals throughout the world. He has researched the music of India, Pakistan, and Turkey, grounded diverse music ensembles, recorded numerous albums, and has worked with such well known artists as Peter Gabriel (Passion, Us), Maurice Béjart, Peter Brook, Georges Aperghis, Didier Lockwood, and Michel Portal.

Erguner has thus made authoritative contributions to World Music. He has documented and revived nearly forgotten musical traditions and brought them to the attention of the Western public, securing them a place within Europe's cultural inheritance.

Kudsi Erguner
Islam Blues (2001)

01 One Word
02 Adjem Blues
03 Mediterranien
04 Sarki
05 Camel
06 Moonrise
07 Twins


Kudsi Erguner - Ney
Mark Nauseef - Drums
Nguyen Le - Guitar
Renaud Garcia Fons - Contrabass
Karim Ziad - Drums (track 7 only)

With an ensemble of traditional Turkish voices and instruments.

* Recorded in May 2000 in Zerkall by Walter Quintus
* Produced By Kudsi Erguner and Walter Quintus

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Sunday, March 2, 2008

The Kudsi Erguner Ensemble - Peshrev and Semai of Tanburi Djemil Bey (1991)

01 Seddiaraban Peshrev
02 Taksim on tanbur
03 Seddiaraban saz semai
04 Muhayyer Peshrev
05 Muhayyer Saz Semaisi
06 Taksim on oud and kanun
07 Ferahfeza Peshrev
08 Taksim on the ney
09 Ferahfeza Saz Semaisi
10 Neva Peshrev
11 Huseyni (Cecen kizi)
12 Nikriz Sirto


Kudsi Erguner - Ney
Suleyman Erguner - Ney
Husnu Anil - Kanun
Mehmet Emin Bitmez - Oud
Murad Aydemir - Tanbur
Hasan Esen - Kemenche
Nureddin Celik - Def
Dogan Hosses - Def

Recorded by Walter Quintus in Istanbul, Turkey, May 1991


Antology of Bosnian Traditional Music

01 Prosetala Hana Pehlivana
02 Koliko Je Sirom Svieta
03 Ah Moj Doro Dobri Doro
04 Ime Tvoje Dragi Necu Spominjati
05 Kolika Je Ta Na Moru Galija
06 Djevojka Je Zalen Bor Sadila
07 Srusula Se Kula I Kapija
08 Nit Ja Spavam Nit Ja Drijemam
09 Na Put Se Spremam
10 Dvije Su Se Vode Zavadile
11 Ah Kakve Ajka Crne Oci Ima
12 Sjajna Zvijezdo
13 Hej Kolika Je Jahorina Planina
14 Ah Meraka U Veceri Rane


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Friday, February 15, 2008

Sayyed Darwish

01 Salma Ya Salama 3:23
02 Hez El Helal Ya Sayed 3:14
03 Ma Oult Lak 3:29

04 Shed El Hezam 3:39

05 Ewaa Yemenak 3:05

06 Oum Ya Masry 3:36

07 Dayya'at Mosta'abal Hayati 12:01

08 Harrag Allaya Baba 3:26

09 Ya Dingi Dingi 3:21

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Thursday, February 14, 2008

Sayyed Darwish

Sayyed Darwish (Arabic : سيد درويش) was an Egyptian singer and composer who was considered the father of Egyptian popular music. He was born in Alexandria on March 17, 1892. He put the music to the Egyptian national anthem, the words of which were adapted from a famous speech by Mustafa Kamel.
Darwish died in Alexandria on
September 10, 1923 aged 31 years old. On the day of his death was the day the great national Egyptian leader Saad Zaghloul coming back from exile, the Egyptians sang Darwish's new song "Bilady, Bilady, Bilady," which became the national anthem in 1979. Zaghloul liked the song very much and asked who made it but Darwish died the same day.
Egyptians consider Sayed Darwish to be among their greatest musicians and their single greatest composer. In addition to the songs mentioned above, he composed "Shed el hezam" ("Pull the Belt"), "Malo'ouna," "Ana Haweit," "Kom Ya Masry," and "Salma Ya Salama." - Wikipedia

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