Thursday, 27 August 2009

Alf Layla Wa Layla...

This is pure Arabic Tarab. Tarab means the art of both singing and listening.
Tarab means being drunk by music. Mutrib means singer. The singer ought to make you drunk...Matroob, means the state of being in Tarab, and Mutareb means the state of disequilibrium, imbalance...

There is another word which you also need to learn tonight which is "sama'". Sama' is the art of listening for you to get matroob

Who other than Umm Kulthum can bring on those states ? With her it's very simple, you either love her or hate her. There is no in-between.

And Umm Kulthum is for connoisseurs.

This is a long song, in 5 parts. I have chosen to upload part 2 because if you sama' carefully, you will discover the magic of her voice and the way she improvises on each word, she is the one who masters the music and not the other way round...

But it is a long song in 5 parts.

Yes, we like to take our time...

Definitely not for ears used to nonsensical cacophonies.

Unfortunately don't have time to translate the enchanting lyrics. But who says one has to understand the words to appreciate ? Not if you listen with your heart, no translators are needed.

Oh and the song's title is Alf Layla wa Layla - 1001 Nights.

Part 2

Part 1, 3, 4 and 5 can be listened to here.

Thanks to Robert Dominkovic for posting the whole song on youtube.