Yemen: Songs from Hadramawt CD
The Hadramawt region of Yemen has always been a center of culture for the Arab world. This album, recorded between 1985 and 1995, is devoted to the vocal art of male singers, both amateur and professional, and highlights dân, a genre of many dimensions (including entertainment dânand dân of camel drivers). Some of the singing may be accompanied by instruments: drum, flute, and oud. Poetry is an important expression of cultural life in Hadramawt, and is often sung. Departing from common musical practice elsewhere in the Arab world, the Yemenis are always careful to pass on the names of the poets and composers of each song.
The liner notes provide background information about each song and photographs of some of the region’s exceptional architecture.
1. Hadramî khayyâli - awwâldî: Atâha Rasûlî (My messenger came to her) - 9:55
2. Dân tarab: Hayya layâlî jamîla (Entertainment dân: Oh! Beautiful nights) - 5:33
3. Dân jammâla (Dân of the camel drivers) - 4:09
4. Tahwîda and khuwaîb (Pilgrimage songs) - 8:05
5. Jalsat dân (Dân session) - 10:45
6. Dân tarab: Ana wa Khillî trâdina (Entertainment dân: My love and I have made up) - 4:56
7. Dân jammâlla (Dân of the camel drivers) - 3:56
8. Ghinâ' Banî Maghra (Song of Banî Maghra) - 3:05
9. Tarhîb: Bushrâk hâdha-I yaumu Îd (Welcome song: Today is a feast day) - 3:40
10. Dan tarab: Khallî ashuf waddak yâ danîn (Entertainment dân: Show me tenderness) - 7:32
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