Wednesday, March 27, 2013


Groupe El Badil—Cassette 3

Side A
Track 1
Track 2
Track 3

Side B
Track 4
Track 5
Track 6

Islamic chants as a vehicle for a varied and compelling array of rhythmic directions. Every song is different. I dance to the electronic super-charged second-cousin of drum n bass joints, I sway to the more acoustic, chorus-focused songs. I am going to be listening to a lot of this.

Groupe El Badil have some recordings available.

i hear the words yahoud (jew), falastin (palestine), and shahid in the songs, so i guess these are quite politicaly charged songs. anyone who knows arabic can correct me?
Is it just me or is it unusual to hear harmonies in thirds fourths and fifths in this kind of chant-music? I thought most 'traditional' Arabic music was just a single line (monophonic) and it was only octaves that you heard in 'harmony'?

Anyway, unusual I thought, but also very enjoyable. Thank you!!
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