Music from India

Mutwar Morlud

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    RK DAT 72

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  • Recording locations

    In traditional Bhunga mud round house in Dhordo village, Banni area, Kachchh, Gujarat.

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  • Performers

    Mahmet (singer, male), Masruddin (singer, male)

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    Killius, Rolf

  • Description

    Mr Mahmet and Mr from the Muslim Mutwar community in Dhordo sing this Morlud. Mutwar speak and sing in Sindhi language (north Indian language group). The Morlud is a devotional vocal music genre sung by the Muslim communities throughout the Banni area. The admiration and prayer for Allah and his prophet Mohammad are prominent in this genre. Some of the songs were written by famous poets. Usually Morlud is sung in an all-night performance before the wedding day or at Muslim religious holidays (like Id Mubarrak). This piece, recorded in a traditional Bhunga roundhouse, addresses the prophet Mohammad: “You are welcome as you brought us happiness and grace. May god bless you. There is happiness in everything and everywhere. We are very thankful to you...”

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