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Hawksmoor

  4 months ago

Arab classical music

Listening to a fascinating radio docu on the Cairo Conference of Arab music in 1932. It's so interesting to hear the lyricism - and open eroticism - of the lyrics of popular songs of the golden ages of Arab music -
And so inexpressibly sad to hear how, in more recent times, political and religious schism has repressed traditional musicianship that had survived for centuries.
So many of the old Arab musicians saying how it's a crisis right now: young people have the same dilemmas as those in 1932: they hate the West, but want to progress, and don't want to feel guilty at enjoying Western styles; they hate the restrictions of the elders and strict interpretation of Shari'a, but want to love and continue the age old music and arts.

Thus video is so beautiful, I really hope the music survives and thrives :)
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trevjohn

  4 months ago
Wonderful music style for identifying Radio Cairo on shortwave ! Reply
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barriebullock

  4 months ago
My problem with music sung in a tongue I don't understand is that if I sing along phonetically I may be singing sometyhing that I disagree with.
Imagine being scared of beetles & finding that lovely Spanish song is about cockroaches or being a none English speaking homophobe & finding out that the Tom Robinson song with that great chorus was about homesexuality.
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livingawake

  4 months ago
Yes Reply
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spartan3002

  4 months ago
The only worry I have is the use of the word Hate H . That disturbs me wherever I see or hear it . Reply
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SimonGUK

  4 months ago
As with an communication type, it has to act responsibly with the "now" - I would hope that it would at least be preserved for historical reasons in even the most strict Islamic regimes as Islam has proven itself a respecter of art, information.and knowledge over the centuries. I would also hope that it would survive elsewhere. Whether it can thrive is another matter though. Reply
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Wafaa_T

  4 months ago
sorry but I don't get your point, the music has always been a big part of the Arab culture, even during the darkest times, wars, revolutions ....
there is always music that suits the time, they're always creative and talented musicians, the Arabic music is thriving and surviving and evolving with the modern Technics and taste as everywhere else.
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