#3778: Voices of the Near/Middle East

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On this New Sounds show, listen to great voices in Arabic, from the Middle East and North Africa, (or the Maghreb –considered to be the coastal plains of Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, and western Libya.) Israeli cantor, and Lebanese Christian nun who sings in Arabic, along with a Syrian wedding singer and an Algerian Rai singer. 

Hear vocal acrobatics in mawals (improvisations) from the Moroccan-born Israeli cantor Emil Zrihan who sings not in Hebrew, but in Arabic. Then, there’s music from Abdel Ali Slimani, a Rai singer from Algeria who traveled and worked around Europe to eventually settle in England, finding a home amongst the North African community in London. Also, listen to the Paris-based Lebanese nun, Sister Marie Keyrouz, who specializes in the ancient Christian musical traditions of the near east, yet sings in Arabic. On her recording of “O Lord, you have leaned down from heaven,” the sounds are close to those of traditional Jewish cantorial singing, or Muslim calls to prayer.

Then, take a listen to music from Syrian wedding singer Omar Souleyman, who has made over 500 albums, many of them live recordings from weddings at which he has performed. (Note: Kronos Quartet has performed many arrangements of songs by Omar Souleyman.) Also, hear astounding melismatic Arabic singing in music from Lebanese-Canadian musician Radwan Ghazi Moumneh, who performs under the moniker, Jerusalem in My Heart. Plus, listen to singers from Iran, the sisters Mahsa and Marjan Vahdat, who sing in not in Arabic, but in Kurdish (the stateless people spread between Iran, Iraq, Syria & Turkey.) That, and more. 

PROGRAM #3778 Voices of the Middle East (First Aired 09-24-2015)

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Emil Zrihan

Ashkelon

Kochav Tzedek – Mawal, excerpt [:30]

Piranha #1260. 
piranha.de

Various: Abdel Ali Slimani

Real World Notes CD+ #1

Mraya, excerpt  [:30]

Real World Records 1995 Sampler. Out of print. Abdel Ali Slimani’s full release, “Mraya” was reissued in 2009 on Real World Records  Real World Records / RealWorld/CEMA - #USCDRW55 
try Amazon.com 

Soeur Marie Keyrouz et l'ensemble de la paix

Cantiques de  l’orient

Ilahi hanayta-s-sama' (Dieu Tu as incline le ciel), excerpt  [:30]

Harmonia Mundi #901577
harmoniamundi.com

The Haissmavourk Choir, Karina Avetisnian

The Music of Armenia, Volume 1: Sacred Choral Music

Bats mez ter (Open for us) [2:42]

Celestial Harmonies #13115 
harmonies.com

Jerusalem in My Heart

If He Dies, If If If If If If

7ebr El 3oyoun (Ink of the Eyes) [4:22]

Constellation Records CST114
cstrecords.com/cst114/

Abed Azrié

Lapis Lazuli

Errance [7:13]

Roseau/Sony Music (France) #3041 Out of print, but try Amazon.com 

Omar Souleyman

Wenu Wenu

Mawal Jamar [4:19]

Ribbon Music / Domino RBN029CD
ribbonmusic.com

Emil Zrihan

Ashkelon

Kochav Tzedek - Mawal [2:21]

Piranha #1260. 
piranha.de

Various: Abdel Ali Slimani

Real World Notes CD+ #1

Mraya [5:48]

Real World Records 1995 Sampler. Out of print. Abdel Ali Slimani’s full release, “Mraya” was reissued in 2009 on Real World Records  Real World Records / RealWorld/CEMA - #USCDRW55
try Amazon.com 

Soeur Marie Keyrouz et l'ensemble de la paix

Cantiques de l’orient

Ilahi hanayta-s-sama' (Dieu Tu as incline le ciel) Lord you have bowed down from heaven [8:14]

Harmonia Mundi #901577
harmoniamundi.com

Atabak Elyasi, Mahsa & Marjan Vahdat

I am Eve

Kurdish Song -Ey Yar Goranî Kurdî (My Love) 

 [6:12]

Kirkelig Kulturverksted  KKV  FXCD335
klicktrack.com/kkv