Time Warp: Egypt - Ethnic Music Reflecting the Ancient Past
Time Warp: Egypt - Ethnic Music Reflecting the Ancient Past by Paul Kuiper Productions at Your Free Album. Hurry! Limited time offer. Offer valid only while supplies last. Time Warp: Egypt Ethnic Music Reflecting the Ancient Past The year is 1971. Egypt is on the brink of huge change. Our recording team of two travels the length of the country for half of a year to capture surviving strains and images of the Ancient Egyptian culture wherever we find it. The different elements of the present day society each carry their own powerful traditions and expressions of Antiquity. 1. Nubian Songs for Kom Ombo - Where Black Africa meets the Blue Nile and the golden sands of
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Time Warp: Egypt Ethnic Music Reflecting the Ancient Past The year is 1971. Egypt is on the brink of huge change. Our recording team of two travels the length of the country for half of a year to capture surviving strains and images of the Ancient Egyptian culture wherever we find it. The different elements of the present day society each carry their own powerful traditions and expressions of Antiquity. 1. Nubian Songs for Kom Ombo - Where Black Africa meets the Blue Nile and the golden sands of the Sahara spill over its west bank…this is Nubia, and you are there! Out in the empty sand we find a newly built stage of fine wood. Soon an audience begins to appear out of nowhere. And then comes a long chorus line of tall, nearly black men in long white gelibeyas, each carrying his own large wooden flatdrum, the tar. As they shuffle across the stage their sandy feet become instruments of rhythm and they begin their stirring Song of the Earth at Kom Ombo. Voices, hands and feet accompanied by tar and large tabla baladi drum (2nd piece). Nubian language. 2. Pleasure-boating on the Nile - From Aswan we embark on a felucca sailing around Elephantine Island, passing Pharaonic inscriptions and life along the river, until we approach the First Cataract of the Nile. All the while the Egyptian elder rababa virtuoso plays his ancient little “violin” made with a coconut shell and two twisted horsehair strings. He is accompanied by his Egyptian tar player. They both sing the humorous songs of this ancient cultural center, perpetuated through the centuries by oral tradition. Voices, rababa, tar and hands. Egyptian Arabic. 3. Festival at Luxor Temple – In the huge columned courtyard of the Luxor Temple a noisy folk music festival takes place. First a rollicking, danceable piece played at traditional weddings is performed on the reed flute suffâra, 2 rababas, tambourine and the pottery and fish skin drum darabukka. 4. Stick Dance – Next the Egyptian ritual of mature male virility pictured on the walls of ancient tombs. A stylized combat danced with dignity and congeniality, it is a part of life so elemental that it is found, in regional forms, from the Middle East to West Africa. Here is the pure Egyptian classic played on 3 mizmar baladi (like oboes) and tabla baladi drum. 5. Waterwheel at Dendara – In the productive fields just outside the teminos walls of the Dendara Temple there is an ancient well. It yields its water to the insistent dipping of the waterwheel which is turned by the docile oxen that are driven by their patient man. He and the sâqiya sing together a song of endless time as it slowly goes around and around. Voice and turning wood. 6. Fantazía at Dendara –We are alone in the Ptolemaic Temple of Hathor at Dendara. In Pharaonic times it was filled with music, song and dance. A small local ensemble, which carries the unbroken oral traditions of the area in their music, stands inside the entrance to the Temple. Their music fills the columned halls, echoes through the stone corridors, and penetrates into the deepest back chambers. You are hearing all of it. Voices, 2 mizmar baladi, pottery darabukka, tar, hands. Egyptian Arabic. 7. – 11. Coptic Chanting in Cairo - Egypt was evangelized by the apostle Mark in the year 41 A.D. The Egyptians deserted the decayed ancient religion, established their own Church, founded monasticism, preserved Biblical texts, and endured long persecutions. They transmuted the ancient language into a viable one that developed with their culture. They knew well the ancient Egyptian musical elements; into those they allowed Jewish and Byzantine influences as they formed their own choral and liturgical music. So you are hearing Ancient Coptic chants in the Ancient Coptic language. The last one is as transcendent as the frankincense offered by Priest John. Priest, choir, Deacon, and cymbals naqûs. Coptic language.
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