Saturday, February 4, 2012
I don't recall how or when this tape fell into my hands. It contains some nice solo and group amdah (praise poetry in honor of Prophet Muhammad) and some solo and group Qur'an recitation. Melodies and cadences are very Moroccan in character. (Middle Eastern styled recitations and religious song are also common in Morocco, so it's nice to find some of that down-home religious sound).
Particularly lovely is the group recitation of Qur'an 2:284-286 (track 3). I'm fascinated with group recitation of the Qur'an, something I've heard only in a Moroccan context. Since there are no set melodies associated with the text of the Qur'an, I always wonder how reciting groups stay together in pitch and time. Here, it sounds like there is one primary reciter and the rest of the group follows his lead.
For those of you commemorating Eid al-Miloud (a.k.a. Mawlid or Milad en-Nabi or the Prophet's Birthday), may your celebration be filled with love, remembrance & blessing!
1) Madh 1 (group)
2) Madh 2 (group)
3) Quran 2-284-286 (group)
4) Qur'an 25- 58-77 (solo - cuts out during verses 60-61)
5) Madh 3 (group)
6) Madh 4 (solo)
7) Madh 5 (group)
Get it here.
Wednesday, August 10, 2011
Several fantastic posts this month over at the Oriental Traditional Music from LPs and Cassettes blog. 2 cassettes of the rarely heard Moroccan style of Qur'an recitation that follows the melodic structures of Arab-Andalusian music. I'm told that this reciter, Al-Haj Abd er-Rahman ben Moussa, used to be featured prominently on Moroccan state media years ago. These days, the Qur'an recitation on the Moroccan channels tends to follow a more Middle Eastern model.
Also available, some lovely a capella amdah and inshad (religious poetry), also in Arab-Andalusian style, from the munshid Al-Haj Muhammad al-Barraq.
Many thanks to Tawfiq for making these available for Ramadan enjoyment!