Middle Eastern music on shellac disc

Nasser Hakim: Saha  ba'ad eini (Saba)

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  • Type

    sound

  • Duration

    00:03:25

  • Shelf mark

    9CS0026171

  • Recording date

    1931

  • Recording locations

    Baghdad, Iraq

  • Performers

    Hakim, Nasser (singer, male)

  • Description

    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, 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. The lyrics are arranged in an AABA order. The title in brackets 'Saba' could refer to the origin of the musical piece from Yemen. Released on HMV Records; issue number 30-9156, Matrix number: 0C 2346

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