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Afghanistan: The Traditional Music of Herât

Various Artists
Afghanistan: The Traditional Music of Herât

Located in western Afghanistan and a center of Islamic culture during the 15th century, the city of Herat has produced vocal and instrumental music uniquely identified as “Herati.”

The 14 tracks in these field recordings, made between 1973 and 1977 (prior to the Marxist coup in 1978 and subsequent political turmoil continuing into the 21st century), reveal influences of both Iranian and Indian music. Songs are sung in Dari (the Afghani dialect of Farsi), and accompanied by traditional instruments like the dutâr, a long-necked lute, the hand-pumped Indian harmonium, and tabla (paired, pitched hand drums.). Lyrics often draw upon texts derived from classical Persian poetry. In this collection, some songs have been abstracted from longer performances.

The liner notes detail the recording environments, instrumentation and vocal forms used in each song.

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This album is part of the UNESCO Collection of Traditional Music. More than 125 albums are being released by Smithsonian Folkways Recordings to make the series publicly available again, including more than a dozen never-released albums of musical traditions from around the globe.

Track Listing

101
Chahârbaiti Koshki Gada Mohammad 7:28
102
Na't Sufi Abu Bakr 3:40
103
Shaikh Ahmad-e Jâm Abdul Shâ'er 5:31
104
Bâdâ bâdâ Hawa 2:06
105
Medley of wedding songs: Olang olang, Mobârak Bâdâ, Bib Gol Arus, Haina ba-Kârhâ Sharafoddin, Nezâmoddin, Ostâ Mayin, Habibollah Jân 6:47
106
Shirin châi na khordom Mâdar-e Zâher 3:15
107
Dokhtar Amu Jân Abdurrahmân Saljuqi 2:53
108
Ai Zamân Karim Dutâri 2:34
109
Chahârbaiti Abdullâh 2:48
110
Sufi song Mohammad Yusuf 2:50
111
Allâh Hu Zainab Hairawi 4:09
112
Âsheq manam Laili Gholâm Nabi Zendadel, Gada Mohammad 3:17
113
Jâm-e Nârenji Mohammad Sâdeq Bolbol, Rahim Khushnawaz, Gada Mohammad, Naim Khushnawaz 6:40
114
Ghazal Ostâd Amir Jân Khushnawaz, Rahim Khushnawaz, Naim Khushnawaz 5:45

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