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Yemen: Songs from Hadramawt

Various Artists
Yemen: Songs from Hadramawt

The Hadramawt region of Yemen has always been a center of culture for the Arab world. This album, recorded between 1985 and 1995, is devoted to the vocal art of male singers, both amateur and professional, and highlights dân, a genre of many dimensions (including entertainment dânand dân of camel drivers). Some of the singing may be accompanied by instruments: drum, flute, and oud. Poetry is an important expression of cultural life in Hadramawt, and is often sung. Departing from common musical practice elsewhere in the Arab world, the Yemenis are always careful to pass on the names of the poets and composers of each song.

The liner notes provide background information about each song and photographs of some of the region’s exceptional architecture.

Please enjoy a free download of the song “Ghina: Bani Maghra”

Ghina: Bani MaghraMP3 FLAC

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

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Hadramî khayyâli - awwâldî : Atâha Rasûlî (My messenger came to her) Mohammed bin Shamikh 9:55
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Dân tarab: Hayya layâlî jamîla (Entertainment dân: Oh! Beautiful nights) Hussein Abdul Kadir al Kaf 5:33
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Dân jammâla (Dân of the camel drivers) Hangil 4:09
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Tahwîda and khuwaîb (Pilgrimage songs) Salim Rijab al-Tahhan 8:05
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Jalsat dân (Dân session) Said ‘Idha ba Hashwan 10:45
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Dân tarab : Ana wa Khillî trâdina (Entertainment dân: My love and I have made up) Mohammed bin Shamikh 4:56
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Dân jammâlla (Dân of the camel drivers) Awadh bin Yaslam Braik 3:56
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Ghinâ' Banî Maghra (Song of Banî Maghra) Salim Rijab al-Tahhan 3:05
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Tarhîb : Bushrâk hâdha-I yaumu Îd (Welcome song: Today is a feast day) Mohammed bin Shamikh 3:40
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Dan tarab : Khallî ashuf waddak yâ danîn (Entertainment dân: Show me tenderness) Saleh ba ‘Issa 7:32