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Folk Music of Palestine

Various Artists
Folk Music of Palestine

In this 1959 collection, American folklorist Harold Courlander documents a tradition of Palestinian folk song that has previously been known only through oral ritual. The compilation features vocally driven recordings as they are performed for ceremonial and spiritual purposes, including "Song of the Month of Fasting," "Recitation from the Koran," and several wedding songs. Songs capture different dialects and regional choral techniques.

Liner notes include a comparison of the various cultural origins of Middle Eastern music, as well as descriptions and musical analyses of each song.

Track Listing

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Gulait Dore Two female Bokharian singers, three doyra players 1:17
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102
Al Matcha Anora Mixed Bokharian singers, doyra players 2:01
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103
Tulkum Song of Sandy Hills Male Bokharian singer, tar and doyra players 2:48
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104
Raftam Rayi Female Bokharian singer 1:35
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105
Taki Chasma Female Bokharian singer 0:35
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106
Recitation from Firdausi's Shaname Two male Iranian singers 1:36
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107
Ve Eem Lo Akshav Male and female Hebrew singers 1:17
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108
Aharei Mot Male vocalist 1:32
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Kedusha Male Hebrew vocalist 1:10
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202
Kether Male Hebrew vocalist, congregation 1:44
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203
Song of Moses (Exodus XIV, 30) Male Hebrew Yemenite vocalist 0:55
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204
Cerimonial Song Male Hebrew Yemenite singers, drummer 2:20
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205
Prophet's Birthday Song Light of the Redeemed Noor Al Muffadah Lah Male soloist and chorus 1:30
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206
Song of the Ramadan for the Month of Fasting Male soloist, female chorus, 'ud and durbakki players 1:22
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Recitation from the Koran Male vocalist 1:02
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208
Love Song Male singer, violinist, 'ud, durbakki, and kanoun players 1:49

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