Lotfi Jormana Group

Music of Islam, Vol. 8: Folkloric Music of Tunisia

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North African Islamic music is generally a bit more rousing than other forms that are found in the Middle East proper, probably due to the extended distance from the seats of orthodoxy, which frown upon music in general (the same is true in the other direction -- Pakistani Sufi music is also distant from the Middle East and far more rousing). Case in point here, Tunisian folkloric music. There's extensive use made of a slinking melodic bagpipe to double up over the lead vocalist's expertise. This is the music that people envision as filling the bazaars of any North African polis. For folks who are already in the know as to this type of music, this isn't a bad item at all. For those who aren't, it also wouldn't be too bad of a place to start (though they should know that all Muslim music is certainly not like this). Also for those ones, a possible gain might be had in looking up some Gnawa ritual music, which holds some subtle similarities.

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