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Ustad Mohammad Omar: Virtuoso from Afghanistan

Ustad Mohammad Omar: Virtuoso from Afghanistan
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Afghan rebâb virtuoso Ustad Mohammad Omar, who was born sometime in the early 20th century, came to the United States in 1974 to Seattle’s University of Washington as an artist-in-residence in the ethnomusicology department. On November 18th, 1974, he gave his only U.S. concert, at the university’s Meany Hall. He was accompanied by 24-year-old Zakir Hussain, a budding Indian tabla player. Hussain went on to become a world-renowned tabla virtuoso. Ustad Mohammad Omar returned to Afghanistan after his year in Seattle and died in 1980.

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Shakal and naghma in the melodic mode of emen (yeman) Ustad Mohammad Omar 21:40
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102
Shakal and naghma in the melodic mode of bopali (bhupali) Ustad Mohammad Omar 10:14
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Tabla solo in the rhythmic cycle of jhaptal (10-beat cycle) Zakir Hussain 7:55
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Shakal and naghma based on the melodic mode of pelo (pilu) Ustad Mohammad Omar 16:01
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Keliwali in the melodic mode of kastori Ustad Mohammad Omar 6:56
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