Middle Eastern music on shellac disc
Nasser Hakim: Pasta Hayati
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Hakim, Nasser (singer, male)
Nasser Hakhim (1910-1991) was a well-known singer of abūd̲īya, rifi and pesta songs. He was born in Amarah (southern Iraq) and moved to Baghdad, where he opened a small café known for rifi music. Side-B The song belongs to the pesta musical genre. Musical instruments are: ‘ūd, violin, nay (end-blown flute), qānūn box zither and drums (daff and darbukka?). The singer is supported by a chorus. Occasionally finger snapping (iṣbi‘) is used, a favourite way to produce rhythmic figures in southern Iraq and links the song to the Arabic Bedouin tradition. Released on Columbia Records; Matrix number: COF 26-1