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Nasser Shamma - 2003 - Maqamat Ziryab

Album: Maqamat Ziryab مقامات زرياب
Artist: Nasser Shamma نصير شمه
Country: Iraq العراق


Nasser Shamma was born in 1963 in Al-Kut, a southern city in Iraq. He studied at Baghdad’s institute of Music and, in 1987, received a diploma in musical art. Later he specialised
in the Oud.
Since he started his professional career, Naseer has been composing his own music. Giving concerts in various parts of the world has become his main concern.
He is now one of the most esteemed and prolific Oud musicians.
In addition to holding concerts, Nasser is currently director of the Beit Al-Oud Al-Arabi at Al-Harawi Cairo, witch was founded by him in 1998 .

1. Dau’ ar-Ruh (Light of the Soul): Maqam Hijaz
ضوء الروح: مقام حجاز
2. Hilal as-Saba
هلال الصبا
3. Raqsat Al-Faras (Dance of the Horse): Maqam Nahawand
رقصة الفرس: مقام نهاوند
4. Awshar: Maqam Awshar
أوشار: مقام الأوشار
5. Lil Rooh Hadeeth (Discourse of the Soul): Maqam Ajam
للروح حديث: مقام عجم
6. Maqam Rast
مقام رست
7. Zada al-Garam (Love Grew): Maqam Nahawand
زاد الغرام: مقام نهاوند

Duration : 65:01 | Bitarte : 320 kBit/s | Year : 2003 | Size : 152 mb

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Amine & Hamza M'Raihi

Album: Ila Hounak إلى هناك
Artists: Amine & Hamza M’Raihi أمين وحمزة المرايحي
Country: Tunisia

Amine & Hamza M'Raihi 2

Amine and Hamza: two Tunisian brothers, playing respectively the Oud and the Kanoun the two major instruments of the classical Arabic music.
Since their very young age; those two virtuoso brothers were raised with the classical Arab music which allowed them to develop an amazing mastery of their instruments. Nevertheless, they have since then evolved into diverse musical traditions including classical western music, jazz, flamenco, indian, persian music and many other musical traditions…
Amine and Hamza are leaders of a new voice into the Arabic music scenery; anchored in the classical Arabic tradition but opened on the diverse musical styles. They are the image of a new generation proud of their multiple identities but open and tolerant towards other cultures.
Amine and Hamza have performed in many prestigious scenes all over the world including The Arab World Institute in Paris , the BBC ……., the Medina Theatre in Beirut , Cairo Opera house etc…..
They have recorded and published 6 albums featuring musicians from all over the world and from different musical traditions all from their composition.
Far away from the musical stereotypes, an open invitation to travel and dream in a world where frontiers and geographical barriers are abolished…

1 – Awatef Khassa Jiden (03:56)
عواطف خاصة جدا
2 – Hams Al Watar (05:49)
همس الوتر
3 – Ishk (04:30)
4 – Ala Masheref Gharnata (08:33)
على مشارف غرناطة
5 – Nassamet Shamalia (07:27)
نسمات شمالية
6 – Nafha (09:13)
7 – Mirhab Al Houda (10:32)
محراب الهدى
8 – Ila Hounak (07:25)
إلى هناك

Heiko Dijker    – Tabla
Amine M’raihi  – oud
Hamza M’raihi – Kanoun

Duration : 57:21 | Bitarte : 320 kBit/s | Year : 2004 | Size : 139 mb

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Serkan Cagri - 2008 - Ala

Album: Âlâ
Artist: Serkan Çağrı
Country: Turkey


Serkan Çağrı was born in “Keşan”, Turkey, a town located close to the border of Bulgaria and Greece. Spending whole childhood in this mixed culture, he was first introduced to the clarinet in his primary school days. This meeting led him more and more into music which resulted him to win “The Special Award in the Best Clarinet Performer Contest” when he was only thirteen. Desire of exploring clarinet made him to pursue the music on the Turkish Music conservatoires: Ege, İstanbul Teknik and Haliç University consecutively.

As a musician he had started his professional career with Grup Laçin, which they had played in both national and international tours. His appearance had continued on Montreux Jazz (Switzerland), Jazz a Vienne (France), Rhythm Sticks (England), Moers Festival (Germany), Etnomalaga (Spain), Skobye Jazz (Macedonia) with him playing as a guest artist in Mercan Dede&Secret Tribe, Kardeş Türküler and Yarkın Ensemble projects.

As a leader he is currently playing with his own band on different projects with guest artists such as voice virtuoso Yıldız Ibrahimova and famous Greek clarinettist Vassilis Saleas

During his academical studies, he made researchs on Historical Process of Clarinet in Turkey and Europe, in which his articles were published in several magazines. These studies also made him to write an educational book, “Techniques of Performing G Clarinet”, which can be found in musicstores.

Discovering the instrument, he had re-designed the pitch setting for; in a result, AMATI-DENAK, the leading instrument manufacturer, had produced their new G clarinets with this setting, naming the model after “Serkan Çağrı”.

Produced by Iskender Paydas, “ÂL” consists of Turkish, Greek, Azerbaijani, Crimean traditional songs, two compositions by Serkan CAGRİ (“IGDE KOKULUM”, “MORI”), two arrangements by Tolga Kilic (“Concierto De Aranjuez” and “Yalgizam”) and the remaining arrangements by İskender Paydas.

Significant musicians such as Iskender Paydaş, Mehmet Akatay, Erdem Sökmen, Ismail Soyberk, Cenk Erdoğan, Ozgur Yurtoğlu, Irfan Seyhan, Fatih Ahıskali, Bekir Sakarya, Hasan Gözetlik, Onur Nar, Hakan Güngör and bands such as Kocani Orchestra and Gundem String Ensemble have added flavor to the album with their instruments. Fuat Saka, Murat Cekem, Mehmet Akatay and Atiye have enlivened the album with their voices.

The first video clip of “ÂL” was directed by Devrin Usta for the song “IGDE KOKULUM” which was composed by Serkan CAGRI. The video was shot in the famous concert hall “GHETTO” and was accompanied by contemporary dancers. The video can be seen at the following link:


1 – Rüya (05:38)
2 – Gönül (05:48)
3 – Nihavent Orient (06:05)
4 – Mori (04:03)
5 – Igde Kokulum (03:58)
6 – Kadifeden (04:57)
7 – Concierto De Aranjuez (04:47)
8 – Viomata (03:38)
9 – Rasi Prizren (03:09)
10 – Resim (03:59)
11 – Yalgizam (04:26)
12 – Tek-I Âlâ (04:38)

Duration : 54:58 | Bitarte : 320 kBit/s | Year : 2008 | Size : 85 mb

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Rahim Alhaj - 2006 - When The Soul Is Settled. Music of Iraq

Rahim Alhaj was raised in Baghdad, Iraq, and began studying the oud when he was nine years old and gave solo concerts from age fourteen. He attended the prestigious Baghdad Conservatory of Fine Arts, (comparable to Julliard School of Music in the US), studying under Munir Bashir and Salim Abdul Kareem, whence he graduated from the six-year program with honors in 1990. He left Iraq the next year under pressure from Saddam Hussein’s government including imprisonment and torture due to artistic resistance to the regime. Rahim lived in Jordan and later in Syria until 2000, when he was granted political refugee status and moved to the US, where he resides in Albuquerque, New Mexico. An improviser and composer, he has performed in hundreds of solo concerts throughout the Near East, Europe and across North America. He performed at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC in June 2006 for this CD release tour. Rahim also teaches a Middle East Music History and Ensemble class at the University of New Mexico. His website is

As received from his teachers, Rahim Alhaj carries the Iraqi musical tradition, yet he has moved it along toward the next generations in his own way, in his own time. Souhail Kaspar is a master percussionist, born in Lebanon and trained at the Conservatory of Traditional Arabic Music (Nadi al-Funun al-Arabiyya) in Aleppo, Syria. He lives in Los Angeles, but travels worldwide to work, in constant demand for performances, recording sessions and teaching engagements. For online information, see

Track List:

1Taqsim Maqam Ajam
تقاسيم مقام عجم.
2 Taqsim Maqam Mukhalif
تقاسيم مقام مخالف.
3 Taqsim Maqam Sika
تقاسيم مقام سيكاه.
4 Taqsim Maqam Kurd
تقاسيم مقام كرد.
5 Taqsim Maqam Bayyat Husayni
تقاسيم مقام بيات حسيني.
6 Taqsim Maqam Hijaz
تقاسيم مقام حجاز.
7 Taqsim Maqam Lami
تقاسيم مقام لامي.
8 Taqsim Maqam Sharqi Rast
تقاسيم مقام شرقي رست.
9 Taqsim Maqam Saba
. تقاسيم مقام صبا

Duration : 73:29 | Bitarte :  320 kBit/s | Year : 2006 | Size :  176 mb

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Artist: Naseer Shamma نصير شما
Album: The Baghdad Lute عود من بغداد
Country: Irag العراق


Naseer Shamma (Arabic: نصير شمه‎) is a renowned Arab Iraqi musician and oud player.
He was born in 1963 in Kut, a village on the Tigris River. He began studying the oud at the age of 12 in Baghdad, following in the footsteps of Jamil and Munir Bashir. When he was 11-years old, Shamma saw an oud for the first time, in the hands of a stylish music teacher. Although Shamma’s father, a shop owner, was religiously conservative, he did not object to his son’s artistic ambitions. In 1985, Shamma played his own compositions at his first concert, attended by several renowned Iraqi artists. At the time, he worked closely with the late Iraqi master Munir Bashir. But Shamma wanted to blaze his own path. Master Munir invented the technique of contemplation with oud, but Shamma wanted his music to carry content, an idea or image that is shocking. He received his diploma from the Baghdad Academy of Music in 1987. He began to teach oud after three years at the academy, as well as continuing his own studies. Shamma has composed music for films, plays and television.

Between 1993 and 1998 he taught oud the Higher Institute of Music in Tunisia, and in 1999 he took the post of Director of The Arab House of Oud (بيت العود العربي) in Cairo. He performs on the oud in a manner which combines traditional methods with his own modern compositions.

Naseer Shamma has also created an eight-string oud or lute following the manuscript of the 9th-century music theorist Al-Farabi. This new design (eight instead of six strings) expanded the musical range of the oud and gave it a distinct tonality. His innovations also include a new method of playing the oud with only one hand, which was originally invented by Salim Abdulkarim, so that children and soldiers injured during the Gulf War could play and enjoy the oud.

Track List:

1 Min adh-Dhâkira \\ Mémoires
1 – من الذاكرة
2 Qissat hubb sharqiyya \\ Une histoire d’amour orientale
2 – قصة حب شرقية
3 Nasamât ‘adhba \\ Douces brises
3 – نسمات عذبة
4 Sukûn al-Layl fî Baghdad \\ Nuit calme à Bagdad
4 – سكون الليل في بغداد
5 Min Ashûr ila Ishbîliyya \\ D’Assur à Séville
5 – من آشور إلى إشبيلية
6 Salât bâbiliyya \\ Prière babylonnienne
6 – صلاة بابلية
7 Ughniya ‘irâqiyya \\ Chanson irakienne
7 – أغنية عراقية
8 Hiwâr bayn al-Mutanabbi was-Sayyâb \\ Dialogue entre deux poètes
8 – حوار بين المتنبي والسيّاب
9 Al-‘Amiriyya \\L’abri d’al-‘Amiriyya
9 – العامرية

Duration : 72:50 | Bitarte : 192 kBit/s | Year : 1994 | Size : 103 mb

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