This CD was created for drummers and dancers alike.
Our goal is to show the great variety and diversity found among the different regions, countries,
and genres of the Arab world. This recording introduces rhythms from five major geographic regions
of Arab world: the Gulf "Khaligi" (Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Oman, Kuwait, and the Emirates), Egypt "Masri",
North Africa (Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia), Iraq, and the Levant or Arab East (Lebanon, Palestine, Syria and Jordan).
Do to time restraints, only two rhythms from each of these five regions are provided, as each region could easily fill
an entire CD or more by itself. Several genres are covered, such as rhythms for vocal music (Sowt, Jurjuna),
rhythms for group line dance (Dabkaat and Chobie), rhythms for spiritual rituals (Hadari)
and rhythms for wedding ceremonies (Zaffa). When listening to this recording, you will begin to experience
many concepts in Arab rhythm found in varying degrees, such as syncopation, swing, and polyrhythm (especially
among the Gulf and North African samples).
It is our hope that this CD will show both the diversity and unity among the beautiful rhythms found within this huge
array of countries united by the same language and culture.
03. Sowt EGYPT "Magri"
05. Zaffa NORTH AFRICAN "Maghrebi"
06. Moroccan Shaabi
07. Hadari IRAQ "Iraqi"
09. Chobie LEVANT "Dabkaat"
10. Malfuf for Dabka
11. Maqsum for Dabka