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Iraq: Iqa’at - Traditional Rhythmic Structure

Various Artists
Iraq: Iqa’at - Traditional Rhythmic Structure

In Iraq, maqam—a term referring to any one of the rhythmically complex and improvisational melodic modes of Arabic classical music, which dictate pitches, pattern, and song progression—is performed in three distinct regional styles by vocalists, instrumentalists, and mixed drum groups. This compilation of recordings by ethnomusicologist Habib Hassan Touma features various musical genres from Basra Province and Baghdad that provide a glimpse into the varied iqa’at (rhythmic forms) in traditional Iraqi music.

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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
Mukhalif Muhammad H. Jrifani, Mullah Adnan Ensemble 14:45
102
Iqa´at Sami Abdulahad 9:52
103
Fann Khammari Abdulrazzak Talal, Mullah Adnan Ensemble 5:05
104
Iqa´at Iraqi Ensemble for Traditional Music 8:11
105
Murabba´ Maidah Nazhat, Iraqi Ensemble for Traditional Music 4:26
106
Abuziyya Riad Ahmad, Iraqi Ensemble for Traditional Music 6:48
107
Mawwal Ibrahim Rahim, Iraqi Ensemble for Traditional Music 3:37

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