Middle Eastern music on shellac disc

Mulla Seoud Al Koweity: Anouth  izal hady, 1

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  • Recording locations

    Baghdad, Iraq

  • Performers

    Al Koweity, Mulla Seoud (singer, male)

  • Description

    Sowt genre of Kuwait. The singer's name is also spelled 'Mulla Saud Al Kuwaiti' or 'Mulla Saud Kowaity'. He lived from 1900 to 1971 and was born into a tailor's family and trained as a tailor. It seems that this recording was produced 1932 in Baghdad. Though there are very few recordings of him he was a well-known singer at the time. Mulla Saud Al Kuwaiti was in close contact with his better known contempary musicians Dahi Ben Walid (Bahrain; (1896/1898-1941/1951) and Abd El Latif Al Kuweiti (Kuwait, 1903-1975). On this recording he was probably supported by Dahi Ben Walid, Saleh Al Kuwaiti, Ali Al Merwas and Hamad Bu Taiban on violin, ‘ūd (?), mirwās and hand-clapping. Music: The title 'Anouh izal hady - Anouth izal hady pt.2 (Arabic)' indicating that the piece is continued on 'pt.2'. 'Arabic' stands for the specific sowt style, 'arabi' (6 beats). A short melodic introduction (taqṣīm) starts the piece and a very short violin solo concludes it. Released on HMV Records; issue number 30-9169, Matrix number: 0C 2272

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