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Music of Islam 11: Yemen
Various Artists
Music of Islam 11: Yemen
Genres: World Music, Pop
 
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Ten years in the making, The Music of Islam series recorded in Egypt, Morocco, Tunisia, Turkey, Yemen, Pakistan, Indonesia, Iran and Qatar represents the most comprehensive sound documentation available to Westerners to...  more »

      
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All Artists: Various Artists
Title: Music of Islam 11: Yemen
Members Wishing: 1
Total Copies: 0
Label: Celestial Harmonies
Release Date: 4/8/1998
Genres: World Music, Pop
Styles: Middle East, Islamic
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 013711315127

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Album Description
Ten years in the making, The Music of Islam series recorded in Egypt, Morocco, Tunisia, Turkey, Yemen, Pakistan, Indonesia, Iran and Qatar represents the most comprehensive sound documentation available to Westerners today, of a world religion dating back to 1/622. Although governed by strict rules for fourteen centuries, contact with other cultures has radically affected Islamic music throughout history. As the world enters the XV/21st century the timing of this collection serves an even larger purpose, documenting the traditions that have survived and will continue to survive for centuries to come. Today, one fifth of the world's population, one billion people, are Muslims, occupying a large territory stretching from the Atlantic shore of north and west Africa, through west, central, and south Asia to island southeast Asia, and attracting an increasing following in India, western Europe, north America, east Asia, and southern Africa. This is a global presence which cannot be ignored.The music culture of Yemen is a domain which has, until this recording and accompanying annotation, been scarcely known or documented. Yet, it has deep historic roots. The music of Yemen is extremely rich in genres, repertoires and configurations, functional relationships, modalities of performance and instruments. Yemenite music in general, and regardless of all the differences between layers of tradition and local and regional styles, has a particular attraction and charm, virtues which have been praised since ancient times.The traditional music life in Yemenite towns knows no concerts or concert halls. Music performances form part of various functions. In Sana'a there are two main occasions: magyal, a social afternoon gathering and samra, night time entertainment. Recorded at a modern magyal, this volume features the classical traditional style of Yemen.
 

CD Reviews

Rich, mesmerising, exotic
wylie bradford | Sydney, Australia | 04/19/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)

"An excellent taster of Arabic music from Yemen. The rhythms are propulsive, the melodic lines intricate and emotive, and the singing deeply spriritual. This is simply excellent music."
A Musical Junction
Dr. Debra Jan Bibel | Oakland, CA USA | 04/28/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)

"The given description of product and information about the artists are sufficiently thorough not to repeat them; hence, I will focus on this listener's reception to the music. However, it is worthy to add that Yemen is situated on the southwestern corner of the Arabian Peninsula bordering the Gulf of Aden and the Red Sea and facing Ethiopia and Somalia. From this ancient maritime crossroad of trade, the land has had many musical influences, stretching from Persia and India to East Africa, and is marked by intricate melodies and asymmetrical rhythms. As expected, there are a large variety of musical styles and this album does not try to survey them. Indeed, it is recorded in the home of one of a group of musicians; it is essentially a jam session, but a wonderful, richly rewarding event of oud, percussion, and vocals. Here are an oud composition that seems to echo the increasing Hindu rhythmic development of alap, jor, and gat; a steady, driving rhythm under a song of political unity; a passionate love song; an improvisation that leads to verses backed by medium then fast rhythms; verses sandwiched between instrumental interludes of different melodies and maqams, a sort of ragmala of Hindustani music. These recordings are pleasant to hear, interesting to contemplate, and surprisingly unique. This is another excellent volume of The Music of Islam series."