Monday, 9 January 2017

Music in the World of Islam - 1: The Human Voice

"...In 1976, 'Music In the World Of Islam' is released, a 6-LP box set of recordings by Jean Jenkins and Poul Rovsing Olsen. Jean Jenkins, Appalachian banjo player, ethnomusicologist, and curator at the Horniman Museum, London, wrote this in her sleeve note: "The human voice is the foundation of all music within the Islamic world. Indeed, in some areas it is the only type of music which exists." Her recording of "Abu Zeluf", sung by Dunya Yasin, a girl from a northern mountain village in Lebanon, is sampled for two tracks on Eno & Byrne's 'My Life In the Bush of Ghosts'..."
(David Toop - from 'My Life In The Bush of Ghosts' site here.)
Review of the complete series of recordings from 'The Wire' here.

1. Unknown - Recitation Of Verses Of The Qu'ran (Al-Ateuf, near Ghardala, Algeria)
(This track is used by Brian Eno and David Byrne for their track called 'Qu'ran' from the album 'My Life In The Bush Of Ghosts')
2. Unknown - Dhikr (A Sufi Ceremony: Fayoum Oasis, Egypt)
3. Habibola Halika - Houri (Secular Vocal Musci: Sandandaj, Kurdistan, Iran)
4. Unknown - Bedouin Wedding Songs (South of Wadi Musa, Jordan)
5. Jabr Bin Husein - Ghazal, Or Love Song (Tarif, Abu Dahbi)
6. Amir Mohammed - Gurdum Gurdum (Love Song: Daulatabad, North Of Balkh Afghanistan)
7. Rasha'ida - Song At The Feast After Ramadan (Near Nagfa, Eritrea, Ethiopia)
8. Unknown - Haddadi (Muharraq, Bahrain)
9. Wasimxzama Khan Naseri - Kavali (A Devotional Song: Hyderabad, Deccan, India)
10. Dunya Yasin - Abu Zeluf (Beirut, Lebanon)
(Used by Brian Eno and David Byrne for their tracks called 'Regiment' and 'The Carrier' from the album 'My Life In The Bush Of Ghosts'. Also sampled by New Order in 'Evil Dust')
11. Unknown - Leader / Chorus Song (Jijiga, Harar Province, Ethiopia)
12. Mehein Fin Baqid & Dahai Fin Baqid / Hateim Atiya Khalil Sayed - Radha / Ga's (Bedouin Song, Sharjah, UAE; Ga's - Fayoum, Egypt)
13. Unknown - Love Song (Aqcha, Afghanistan)
14. Aqi Pishak - Tahlil (Baghdad, Iraq)

The Human Voice

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