Welome to Saturday
I've selected just a few of the many artists from what is known as the Mideast area of our globe. They are incredible voices.
Rahim AlHaj has long functioned as a politically conscious musical goodwill ambassador. The Iraqi-American oud virtuoso, who fled his native country in 1991 after being imprisoned twice for his opposition to the Saddam Hussein regime, spreads peace and unity through his music, transporting listeners to a world of beauty and tranquility.
Dating back to the start Iran-Iraq War of 1980-1988, AlHaj was a star student of the oud at the prestigious Institute of Music in Baghdad. By the time he graduated in 1990, he was a vocal opponent of the war. Following his imprisonments, he fled Iraq, ultimately emigrating to the U.S. and arriving in Albuquerque, New Mexico. AlHaj became a U.S. citizen in 2008, and his career took flight: He performed hundreds of concerts all over the world, released a string of albums and collaborated with artists such as R.E.M.'s Peter Buck, jazz guitarist Bill Frisell and the Kronos Quartet.
Munir Bashir, the King of Oud (Arabic: منير بشير, Syriac: ܡܘܢܝܪ ܒܫܝܪ) (1930 – September 28, 1997) was an Iraqi Assyrian musician and one of the most famous musicians in the Middle East during the 20th century and was considered to be the supreme master of the Arab maqamat scale system.
He created different styles of the Arabian Oud. He was one of the first middle eastern instrumentalists known to Europe and the United States. Bashir's music is distinguished by a novel style of improvisation that reflects his study of Indian and European tonal art in addition to oriental forms. Born in Iraq, he had to deal with numerous disruptions of violent coup attempts and multiple wars that the country went through. He would eventually exile to Europe.
Terez Sliman (Arabic: تريز سليمان, is a Palestinian indie singer, songwriter, actress, and performer. Sliman was born and raised in Haifa, she enrolled for Music at the University of Haifa, where she graduated in 2007.
In 2011, together with DJ Bruno Cruiz, Mahmoud Jrere, Walaa Sbait from 47Soul and TootArd, Sliman released the single "Green Revolution", a contribute to the Tunisian Revolution. In 2014 Sliman collaborated with rapper Tamer Nafar and Poet Marwan Makhoul to release the single “God of Revolution”
The name of the song is Ya talêel al-jabal. At the beginning of the century, while Palestine was a British mandate, it was said by women for insurgents. They approached the dungeon walls and sang this song with the words "it will gain resistance, it will come and save you". The song began to be sung for prisoners in Israeli dungeons too long afterwards, and an extra "lê" syllable was inserted between the words so that the invaders who knew halfway Arabic could not understand it. In the song, Terez Sliman was accompanied by Sofia Adriana (Portugal). Ritmo de Panaderas, the dough kneading rhythm of Spanish women, made a mix. They showed that the feeling and culture of women is a universal common language. In Spanish, panadería means baker. It is a traditional Spanish song that women sing during the cooking process. Hand movement while rhythm was the process of making bread dough
Nadin AlKhalidi was born in Baghdad "in Baghdad she studied violin, learning to play Western classical music. It was in Sweden that she was first introduced to “world music” —including Arabic music'.
Mehdi Aminian Lullaby for the Traveling Child
Mehdi Aminian was born in Iran and spent his adolescence there. It is where he developed his interest in Persian Music and is now experimenting within some of the oldest musical traditions of the world.
He is interested in Sufi literature and poetry and one of his aims is to "unfold that genuine, almost ancestral connection we all have with sound".
Mehdi Aminian has completed studies in IT, Humanities, Music and Ethnomusicology in Bosnia, Malaysia, The Netherlands, Romania and Austria. Being employed at the Commission of Vanishing Languages and Cultural Heritage at Austrian Academy of Sciences (OEAW), he is currently conducting a PhD Research on the intangible cultural heritage around carpet weaving in Iran at the University of Vienna.
Besides, he has dedicated the past ten years to developing and implementing international music and research projects within the Association "Roots Revival" which he founded in 2013. These projects are at the confluence of Humanities and Musical Traditions in the process of establishing a dialogue between different musical traditions around the world.