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Ustad Mohammad Omar: Virtuoso from Afghanistan

Ustad Mohammad Omar
Ustad Mohammad Omar: Virtuoso from Afghanistan 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.

Afghan Rubâb: The Lion of Instruments

Track Listing

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Shakal and naghma in the melodic mode of emen (yeman) Ustad Mohammad Omar 21:40
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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 07:55
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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 06:56