Middle Eastern music on shellac disc
Mohamed El Fares: Ya Wahidal Housn, (Hedjazi), 2
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El Fares, Mohamed (‘ūd / singer, male)
Sowt genre of Bahrain. Music: On the cover Mohamed El Fares is called Elustaz Mohamed El Fares (Al Khalifa), which means he is a master of music (el ustaz) and that he belongs to the ruling royal family (Al Khalifa). He lived from 1895 to 1947/1948. The title indicating that the piece is continued on the second side. Following the title in brackets the style is mentioned, 'Hedjazi' which probably means that the tune belongs to the western part of Saudi Arabia (the Al Hejaz, Hijaz or Hedjaz region, along the Red Sea, includes Mecca and Medina). Music: Singer and ‘ūd player is Mohamed El Fares. He is supported with violin and drum (mirwās?), occasionally chorus and hand clapping. A very short musical piece on violin and ‘ūd preceeds the piece. Released on HMV Records; issue number 30-9164, Matrix number: 0C 2245