Theme & Variations: Lamma Bada


The best-known Arabic classical music is likely an ancient Moorish song called "Lamma Bada Yata Thanna," a fascinating piece of music set in the samai rhythm, which is written in 10/8. Its origins can be traced back to the tenth century, and it continues to be a familiar in the Arabic world today. As part of one of New Sounds' Theme & Variations shows, we hear versions by Juan Martin & Alhambra, Radio Tarifa, Hamza El Din, and others.

PROGRAM #1923, Theme & Variations: Lamma Bada (First aired on Thurs., 5/31/01)





Hamza El Din


Mwashah (Lamma Bada) [4:00]

Rykodisc #10103**

Juan Martin

Musica Alhambra

Lamma Bada Yatathena [4:00]

FlamencoVision #FV04** www.flamenco

Radio Tarifa

Rumba Argelina

Lamma Bada [4:00]

Nonesuch/World Circuit #79472** Try (

(Hughes de Courson, et. al.)

Mozart L'Egyptien

Lamma Bada/Symphony No.40 [4:30]

Virgin #71727, French import CD. Available online from Amazon France,

Oren Bloedow & Jennifer Charles

La Mar Enfortunata

Lamma Badah [3:00]

Tzadik #7146**

Ivory Consort

Live, WNYC, 3/10/01

Lamma Bada [3:30]

Not commercially available.

Savina Yannatou


Lama Bada Yatathana [4:30]

Sounds True #00118**. 1-800-333-9183 or

Luis Delgado

El Hechizo De Babilonia

Gibralfaro [5:30]

Intuition/Nuba Negra #1104** Distributed by Alula Records,

Hakki Obadia

Iraqi Jewish and Iraqi Music

Lamma Badah [3:30]

Global Village #147
(212)695-6024 (-6025 fax)
Or e-mail

(Hughes de Courson, et. al.)

Mozart L'Egyptien

Yman Hawa/Thamos Roi D'Egypte [5:00]

See above.

The Music of Islam

Vol. 7 - Al-Andalus, Andalusian Music

Hijasoul, prelude [2:00]

Celestial Harmonies #13147. Part of a 15-volume survey of Islamic music.