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MAias Alyamani – 2011 – White

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MAias Alyamani - 2011 - White

MAias Alyamani, violinist and composer, began his professional musical career as a solo violinist in 2000. His performances include the traditional classical repertoire and other musical genres including his personal compositions.

MAias has a master degree from Vienna University of Music, majoring in violin performance with special focus on Composition. During his studies he won the Competition of  Vienna University of Music and participated in the international Paganini Competition in Italy. He was the only Arab ever to participate in these competitions.

He was a member of Südbahnhof Band in Vienna. The band is still performing in Europe and it was a finalist and won the Audience prize at the World Music Awards which took place in Vienna 2006.  In 2006 MAias established the ensemble MAqam in Vienna, specializing in classical Arabic music. The ensemble is a big success in Austria and neighboring countries. He is also a member of the Damascus Festival Chamber Players ensemble, which focuses on contemporary Arabic music. He made a large number of solo recordings for film, music bands, live theatre and TV-show soundtracks.

He has five albums:

  • White” with Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Live at Aspire Hall” with MAqam
  • Blended Cultures” with Opec Orchestra for Solo Violin and Orchestra
  • Syrian Contemporary Chamber Music” chamber music album with DFCP
  • Offstagewith Qatar Philharmonic Strings


  1. Memories of Syria: “Dominoes 2011” (07:18)
  2. Memories of Syria: “Caucasian Dance” (04:03)
  3. Memories of Syria: “0+ Tango” (04:55)
  4. Memories of Syria: “Sea Waves” (07:43)
  5. Oriental Dances: “Zigan” (05:27)
  6. Oriental Dances: “Longa Nahawand” (02:55)

Duration : 32:17 | Bitarte : 320 kBit/s | Year : 2011 | Size : 87 mb

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Al Turath Ensemble ‎– 1997 - La Musica De Al-Alndalus La Muwassaha

فرقة التراث من أعرق الفرق السورية التي تؤدي الغناء التراثي بشكله التقليدي وبأصوله في الالتزام والارتجال.أسسها رائد الطرب الأصيل “صبري مدلل” في بداية الخمسينيات فأحدث فرقة للمدائح النبوية ، وكان أول من أدخل الإيقاع “الدف” على الإنشاد ، وقد أخذت الفرقة شكلها الحالي عام 1975 بعد أن رافقتها الفرقة الموسيقية في عملها.

كانت القفزة النوعية للفرقة عام 1985 عندما استلم ادارتها الفنان “محمد حمادية” ، حيث طورها وأدخل عليها مختلف ألوان الفنون الغنائية والتعبيرية والتراثية الموسيقية.وشاركت الفرقة في العديد من المهرجانات والتظاهرات الفنية العربية والعالمية حيث أحيت عدة حفلات في معظم بلدان الوطن العربي وبعض الدول الأجنبية كفرنسا وألمانيا وبريطانيا وسويسرا والنمسا وهولندا وبلجيكا واسبانيا واليونان وهونغ كونغ وغيرها وكانت في كل حفلاتها ترفع شعار “الفن للفن”.

وتساهم بنشر رسالتها الفنية التراثية في جميع أنحاء العالم ، ما أكسبها الشهرة العالمية وجعلها محط اعجاب الجمهور والنقاد في كل لون تؤديه.
فرقة التراث هي فرقة جامعة شاملة تجتمع فيها كل ألوان الفنون الحلبية من مدائح نبوية وغناء صوفي وديني ورقص شعبي وطرب وغير ذلك.
– المزيد من المعلومات في الكتيّب المرفق.

The Al Turath Ensemble  is a Syrian classical Arabic musical ensemble founded in 1954 by Sabri Mudallal. Leadership passed to Mohammed Hammadye in 1985 who added instrumentalists to what had previously been only a vocal ensemble. The term al turath means “heritage.”


  1. Sama’i (07:07) سماعي
  2. Muwashshah: Ya Ghysayna-L-Bani (03:18) موشح: ياغصن البان
  3. Muwashshah: Ma-Hityali (05:38) موشح: ما احتيالي
  4. Muwashshah: Hajarni Habibi (01:40) موشح: هجرني حبيبي
  5. Muwashshah: Ya Fatina-L-Ghuzlan (04:33) موشح: فاتن الغزلان
  6. Muwashshah: ‘Unqu-L-Malih (03:45) موشح: عنق المليح
  7. Dulab (02:50) دولاب
  8. Taqsim (01:49) تقسيم
  9. Layali (05:25) ليالي
  10. Quasidah (08:26) قصيدة: ياواردة عالعين
  11. Qad: Ya Mayilah ‘Ala-L-Ghusun ‘Ayni (06:09) قد: يامايله عالغصون
  12. Mawwal (04:40) موال
  13. Qad: Fuq An-Nakhil (04:49) قد: فوق النخل
  14. Qad: Al (Bulbul Nagha a Ghusni-L-Full) (04:50) قد: البلبل ناغى ع غصن الفل
  15. Qad: Qadduka-L-Mayyas Ya ‘Umri (06:59) قد: قدك المياس
  16. Qad: Bini W-Binak Haru-L-Awazil (02:55) قد: بيني وبينك حاروا العوازل

Duration : 74:53 | Bitarte : 320 kBit/s | Year : 1997 | Size :200 mb

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Hamza Shakkur & Ensemble Al-Kindi - 1994 - Takasim & Sufi Chants

The Al-Kindî Ensemble,
Founded in 1983 by the French virtuoso of Arab zither (qânûn, or kanoun)) Julien Jâlal Eddine Weiss, resides in Aleppo, the capital of northern Syria and a stopping place on the Famous Silk Road. Al-Kindi is currently rated among the best formations devoted to classical Arab music, owing to the musical qualities displayed by its performers, and to the high standard of its work, steeped in the various musical traditions of the Near and Middle East.

The work of Mr Weiss has infused new blood into classical Arab music, and his faithful audience of connoisseurs is deeply appreciative of the encouragement and freedom given to the intuitive genius of the great soloist performers who compose the Ensemble: the Aleppo lute player Mohamed Qadri Dalal, the Damas ney (flute) player Ziad Kadi Amin, the Egyptian percussionist Adel Shams el-Din, and the Iraqi joza player Mohamed Gomar Al-Bawi. The qânun player and artistic director is Julien Jalal Eddine Weiss.

Along with singers from Syria and Iraq who are held in the highest esteem, this ensemble presents various repertoires of classical Arab Profan and Sacred Chant, enabling us to rediscover the riches and refinement of th art of these age-old cultures.

Sheikh Hamza Shâkkûr,
If properly lived out, Islam is a religion that preaches a message of clemency and mercy, beauty and harmony. The spiritual power emanating from Sheikh Hamza Shakkûr’s songs draws us into the mystical tradition of Islam embodied in Sufism.

Born in Damascus in 1947, he is a muqri (Koran reader) and a munshid (hymnodist). He is the disciple of Saïd Farhat and Tawfiq al-Munajjid; his task is to assure the continuity of the repertory proper to the Mawlawiya order. He is the choir master of the Munshiddin of the Great Mosque in Damascus and serves at official religious ceremonies in Syria, where he is immensely popular. Sheikh Hamza is an impressivley large, charismatic figure. His bass voice with its richly rounded timbre has made him one of the foremost perfomers of Arab vocal music. His art is uncompromisingly sober and introverted, to the exclusion of all affectation. He develops his improvisations within the framework of a centuries-old modal art, where orison blends with dance, and prayer with art.

The Islam he represents, far from being fundamentalist, is that of mysticism and happiness in the Faith. Replying to his soaring, powerful invocations to God, the musicians of the Al-Kindi Ensemble alternate subtle flourishes and arabesques with refined preludes, whilst the dervishes whirl on stage following an immemorial devotional ritual.

This is how proceeds this splendid and spell-binding event, this truly spiritual concert, this session of Sama’ – spiritual listening – where the only distraction from our state of bliss is the rustling of the dervishes’robes.


  1. Tartîl Du Coran , Taqsîm Nây En Bayyâtî (04:16)
  2. Wasla En Sabâ (22:18)
  3. Wasla En Bayyâtî (23:23)
  4. Meditation (11:06)

Duration : 61:03| Bitarte : 320 kBit/s | Year : 1994 | Size :162 mb

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Hamza Shakkur & The Al Kindi Ensemble - Sufi Songs Of Damascus حمزة شكور ومجموعة الكندي – أغاني صوفية من دمشق

Hamza Shakkur was born in Damascus in 1944. At an early age he received a thorough training in Qur’anic recitation according to the Syrian tradition. His father was the muezzin at the local mosque who taught Shakkur the basics of spiritual recitation. At the age of ten, Shakkur assumed this role, thereby becoming his father’s successor.
Although he never learned to read music, he built up a repertoire comprising thousands of songs by learning lyrics and melodies by heart.
Among the mystics of the Sufi community he began studying the hymns of mystical love, a form of expression that is still highly respected in Arab society. Having studied the entire spiritual repertoire of Islam he was in much demand as a singer. He also made numerous recordings for the radio.
Later he became choirmaster of the Munshiddin (a group of individuals who recite the Qu’ran) at the Great Mosque of Damascus and performed at official religious ceremonies there, which made him immensely popular in Syria. The Great Mosque in Damascus is one of the most sacred sites in Islam.
Shakkur belonged to the traditional Damascus school of music. He felt a close bond with the Mevlevi Order, the community of “whirling dervishes”, and strove to preserve the continuity of their repertoire. This community is known for its whirling dance ritual, the epitome of Eastern mysticism. Dressed in wide swinging, bell-shaped white skirts and camel-coloured felt hats, they whirl to classical music and chanting.
In 1983 Shakkur and French musician Julien Weiss founded the Al Kindi ensemble, through which he succeeded in introducing this music to Europe and America.
The ensemble specialised in music from Arab-Andalusia and its repertoire covered both religious and secular themes. Its interpretations were heavily steeped in tradition. Weiss created an Arab musical ensemble with the Arab lute, oud, ney, kanun and a variety of rhythm instruments.
Shakkur selected songs with very diverse rhythms and melodies that impressively demonstrated his musical phrasing and improvisational talent. Particular emphasis was placed on preserving the unity of the sequence of songs and their musical mode as well as on playing songs in the traditional manner.
Sheikh Hamza Shakkur died in Damascus on 4 February 2009 at the age of 65.
The way in which Sheikh Hamza Shakkur could lull his listeners into a trance-like state by grace of his singing alone had to be seen to be believed. He possessed not only vocal talent, but also a powerful, sonorous and all-embracing voice capable of playing counterpart to an orchestra and filling an entire room.
His musical intuition was borne of a spiritual power that drew listeners into the mystical tradition of Sufism. His bass voice with its richly rounded timbre made him one of the most famous singers in the Arab world.

Al Kindi Ensemble مجموعة الكندي


  1. Al Salâm Al Râbi (07:57)
  2. Al Salâm Al Râbi (15:39)
    Taqsîm Huzâm/ Taqsîm Sîkâh/ Mawwâl Sîkâh
  3. Ghayrî Alä Sulwân Qâdir (07:40)
  4. Ghayrî Alä Sulwân Qâdir (23:31)
    Taqsîm Râst qânun/ Taqsîm Râst nây/ Layâlî Râst/ Ibtihâl Bayyâtî
  5. Chanting (Tartîl) Of The Qurân (05:53)

Duration : 60:37 | Bitarte : 160 kBit/s | Year : 1993 | Size :75 mb

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Sabah Fakhri - 1978 - Au Palais Des Congrès صباح فخري – في قصر المؤتمرات

Sabah Abu Qaws was born and raised in Aleppo. He studied at the Academy of Arab Music in Aleppo, and moved to the Damascus Academy, graduating in 1948. The nationalist leader Fakhri al-Barudi appreciated his voice, describing it as “majestic,” and took him under his wing, fostering his abilities and facilitating his entry to the Syrian Broadcasting Station. Under Barudi’s influence, Abu Qaws began to record traditional Aleppine songs and chants, excelling in muwashahat (songs of Andalusian origin). He was influenced by the grand traditions of Arabic song and practiced singing the Arabic mawal, a poem delivered in dramatic tone. In appreciation for his mentor’s help, the 17-year old artist dropped his last name Abu Qaws and renamed himself Sabah Fakhri. He quickly established a wide audience in Damascus and Aleppo, and rose to overnight fame in 1960 when he began to appear on national television. Fakhri concentrated on classical Arabic tunes and traditional Aleppine music, performing all- time classics like Sayd al-Asari, Ya Mal al-Cham, and Ib’atli Ghawab. By the early 1960s, he was appeared on television comedies starring the Syrian duet Doreid Lahham and Nihad Quali. He also performed in television programs like Nagham al-Ams (The Tune of Yesterday) and al-Wadi al-Kabir (The Greatl Valley) with the Algerian singer Warda.

Over a 50-year career, Sabah Fakhri managed to bring Aleppine music into every corner of the Arab world and preserve a music style that is being discarded by a new generation of Arab artists, who are using techno-music and video clips to promote their songs, rather than a strong voice, proper tunes, and lyrics. He has established himself as the king of tarab, an Arabic term for music that is so good that it seizes the listener and music lover. In the 1960s Fakhri helped co-found the Artist Syndicate in Syria and served as a deputy for Aleppo in Parliament in 1990. In 1992, he entered the Guiness Book of World Records for being the first performer to perform non-stop, for ten hours. A journalist who attended Sabah Fakhri at the Citadel of Aleppo, a monument that the people of Aleppo take great pride in and which serves as Fakhri’s favorite venue, described the concert saying: “Sure enough, down there on the stage, a rather rotund man of somewhat diminutive stature had appeared from nowhere. He stared at the crowd for a while, then strolled slowly towards the musicians, with whom he unhurriedly exchanged a few words. Finally the show seemed about to begin. Sabah Fakhri, dressed in a dark suit and tie and looking more like a businessman than my idea of an adulated star, grabbed the old-fashioned microphone, unraveling its cord as he measured his steps around the stage; then, without warning, his voice soared towards the skies. It was strong and pure and very distinctive. There is no way one can ever confuse his voice with anyone else’s after hearing him even once. It bestows on listeners one of these rare moments of grace during which they are confronted with perfection. The singer, at one with his musicians, was transubstantiated: they formed an uncorrupted composition, an entirely harmonious whole. This kind of music does not touch the intellect, but something far more primordial. It is as pure and nostalgic as the sound of the nay in the twilight, or a call to prayer at dawn. The concert lasted more than four hours, at the end of which the singer, as if in a trance, began to twirl to the music, faster and faster, not unlike a zikr performer, bringing the audience’s enthusiasm to a paroxysm.”


  1. Yamourrou Oujban (يمرّ عُجْباً (04:36
  2. Fir’rode Ana Shouft (في الروّض أنا شُفت (05:26
  3. Yazal Kawam (ياذا القوم السمهري (04:12
  4. Ya Bahjat Ar’roh (يابهجة الروح (11:51
  5. Sibouni Ya Nasse (سيبوني ياناس (04:43
  6. Al Foul Wil Yassmine (الفُل والياسمين (04:51
  7. Habibi Alad’dounya (حبيبي على الدنيا (14:10
  8. Al-Ouzoubia (العزوبية (03:53
  9. Ya Shadil’ Al-Han (ياشادي الألحان (03:31
  10. Ya Hadial Isse (ياحادي العيس (06:23
  11. Win’ Nabi Yamma (والنّبي يمّا (01:48
  12. Malek Ya Hilwa (مالك ياحُلوه مالك (01:42
  13. Sayd’l Assari (صَيْد العصاري (01:43
  14. Ya Teyra Tiri (ياطيْرة طيري (01:56
  15. Ya Mal’ Sham (يامال الشام (05:27

Duration : 86:11 | Bitarte : 320 kBit/s | Year : 1978 | Size : 166 mb

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