Middle Eastern music on shellac disc

Massoud El Amaratly: Lala  lalal helou

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  • Type

    sound

  • Duration

    00:03:23

  • Shelf mark

    9CS0025129

  • Recording date

    1931

  • Recording locations

    Baghdad, Iraq

  • Performers

    El Amaratly, Massoud (singer, male)

  • Description

    Massoud El Amaratly was born to Moula Saad as a girl named Massouda in the small town of Amarah (province Maysan in southern Iraq). He preferred to dress, act and sing as a man. In Baghdad he became famous as a very skilled and innovate singer (very high and distinctive voice) and for the rendition of rifi songs (music from the countryside in southern Iraq). Side-A Music: Rifi song genre; the finger snapping (iṣbi‘) is a favourite way to produce rhythmic figures in southern Iraq and links the song to the Arabic Bedouin tradition. The singer is supported by a chorus. Musical instruments are: violins, qānūn box zither, santūr (a hammered dulcimer) and a drum (darbukka?); finger snapping. Released on HMV Records; issue number 30-10135, Matrix number: 0C 2354

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