Music from India

Halepotra Morlud

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    Open-air in front of ‘betak’, the men’s community meeting place of the Muslim Halepotra community in Hodka village, Banni area, Bhuj district, Kachchh, Gujarat.

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    Salim H Halepotra (lead singer), Haji Haroon Halepotra (singer), Musa M Halepotra (singer), Mir Mohammad A Halepotra (singer), Nawab Ali K Halepotra (lead singer), Noormohammad A Halepotra (singer), Sadhla K Halepotra (singer), Natha S Halepotra (singer), Pirmohammad A Halepotra (singer)

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    Killius, Rolf

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    A Morlud sung by men from the Muslim Halepotra herder community in Hodka village. Halepotra 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 (Id, for example). This song – in interchanging call-response style – is usually sung at Halepotra weddings or to send off pilgrims off to the holy city in Mecca (the Haj): “Prophet Muhammad we thank you that we can do the Haj and see Mecca...” Singers from the first group: Salim H Halepotra (lead singer), Haji Haroon Halepotra, Musa M Halepotra, and Mir Mohammad A Halepotra. Singers from the second group: Nawab Ali K Halepotra (lead singer), Noormohammad A Halepotra, Sadhla K Halepotra, Natha S Halepotra, and Pirmohammad A Halepotra

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