Welome to Saturday

Good morning.
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.

https://folkways.si.edu/artists/rahim-alhaj

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.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Munir_Bashir

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”

https://en.everybodywiki.com/Terez_Sliman

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

https://ardora.tumblr.com/post/624385172411908097/the-name-of-the-song-i...êel-al-jabal-o

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'.
https://www.arabnews.com/node/1640936/lifestyle
https://www.theguardian.com/music/2016/jul/22/tarabband-arab-music-nadin...

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.

https://www.roots-revival.com/mehdi-aminian

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Gahlia Benali from Tunisia:

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QMS's picture

great to listen to music and learn about the culture from
another part of the world. fascinating stories. perhaps an
important way to humanize the face of US military 'enemies'

good saturday

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@QMS @QMS There is so much talent in this world right? If only our country concentrated its resources on music and art instead of weaponry.
Good Saturday to you.

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Thanks for the ME music and stories. Great idea. Music is a terrific way to spread peace and understanding.

I've been missing my session. They say singing is a primary means of COVID spread, so our crowd isn't gathering...not since March. Sure has put the hurt on my music. Maybe it will be better next year.

Well take care and be well.

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“Until justice rolls down like water and righteousness like a mighty stream.”

@Lookout that having to forego your sessions is a big disappointment. Not being able to engage in the collaborative musicianship, the camaraderie, and the fun sounds rough. Somehow we're all going to have to figure out innovative ways to adapt in order to socialize safely. I don't know how that will look. Possibly we will all have to spend way more time getting together in the out-doors.

Yup, encourage Peace through music.

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couple of places for further listening and research.

We've been slowly prepping, amid a heat wave (100+ Thur, 104 Fri, 95 predicted today + 70 at 6 am today) for a quickie "camping" trip to the coast. Already put the trailer out into the street, starting about 7, so as to beat the heat on that part of the project. Just a brief "have to get away" getaway, but will probably bee to busy to listed to all of this today.

Personally a big fan of oud and music from that general area. Influences an overtones sneaked into jazz long ago, and even into some R&R.

be well and have a good one.

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That, in its essence, is fascism--ownership of government by an individual, by a group, or by any other controlling private power. -- Franklin D. Roosevelt --

@enhydra lutris about this music sneaking into jazz. Hope you enjoy it when you do get a chance to listen.

Have a good getaway...at least you will get some sea-breezes and probably cooler weather at the coast. It sounds very pleasant, have fun.

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@randtntx

current forecast. Should have breezes though.

be well and have a good one.

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That, in its essence, is fascism--ownership of government by an individual, by a group, or by any other controlling private power. -- Franklin D. Roosevelt --

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thanks for Saturday. Yay.

She so rocks. Operatically trained. Heh.

Out in the garden today. 95 yesterday. Cooler today. Really hot for here. 103 over the hill. Crazy or just normal climate chaos, you decide. Lol

Thanks also for the history. Take good care and have a good one.

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@magiamma , Shara Worden has. She does rock, she sang with the Decemberists Smile Love it that she has classical training.
Nice video, thanks.

It's hot here as well, in the triple digits, which is normal but the problem is there is less cooling down at night. I'm looking forward to September with hopefully at least some slight dips in the temps and I wish for rain.

Hope you and your garden are doing well, keep up the good work.

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@magiamma

for such a soulful voice.

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@magiamma nice performance/video in so many ways. Thanks.

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I have been listening to your selections with much enjoyment throughout the day. They made some tasks more enjoyable. The sounds even went well with the sound of a small hand saw, sawing dead wood. I also really enjoyed the background information you gave of the artists. I especially enjoyed the music of Tarabband, Mehdi and Julia, and Ghalia.

I spoke to smiley two days ago, and his tasks have been laborious but productive. He still has a long way to go, but seems to be taking it in stride.

Today is another bright and sunny day, which is very welcome at this time of a second lockdown. It brings to mind that ‘umbrella time’ is soon approaching. Hopefully, we’ll have another reprieve in two weeks.

Be well everyone.

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@janis b I posted
(what I thought was) Smile a nice answer to your much appreciated lovely comment and it looks like I sent it into the void. Or perhaps I didn't send it anywhere at all and it just disappeared. Or it may show up at some random time completely unexpected and completely out of context. Could be it is just in someone else's thread. Don't be surprised if it flies over and shows up in your cornflakes or something.

Anyway, I'm happy that you enjoyed the work of those artists. It generally makes me have a better outlook on life to realize the incredible talent of people all around the world and the goodwill that it takes to work on developing that talent. I wish the whole world would put our best energies into helping children be creative in all the arts.

I'm glad you finished some of your own work to the sound of music (oops, Julie Andrews just popped into my head)

Thank you for the news about smiley, when you talk to him again please tell him hi from me and I send my best wishes.

Enjoy your bright sunshiny days and I would be happy to take some of that extra rain (when it arrives) off of your hands if you could send it my way.

Sending you greetings and strains of beautiful melodies from the other side of the globe.

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@randtntx

from your end of the world. It's much appreciated.

I am conflicted about sending you some of our current rain while the dams are still low and we're heading eventually toward dryer weather, but I will definitely try to reserve you some ; ).

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