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Hamsa

by Carvin Knowles

World Music, Middle East, Judaica, Electronica and Breakbeats
Genre: World: Middle East Contemporary
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1. Keter Ehyar
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2. Tifereth
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3. Mme. Zorna
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4. Taqsim
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5. Ghita
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6. Liberi Noctum
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7. Yesod
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8. Chai Served Hot
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9. From Hodu to Kush
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10. Malkhut
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11. Shekheina
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12. Ghita (reprise)
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
SECOND PRINTING: IMPORTED FROM NEW ZEALAND

Music from the Crossroads of the World.

The word "Hamsa" means, simply, five. It is believed to be the hand of some great holy lady of miraculous power such as Fatmeh, daughter of The Prophet Miriam, or the sister of Moses. But to whomever the hand belongs, it has one purpose: it keeps away the Evil Eye, reflecting back the envious green-eyed glances of the stranger. Ironically, as protection against the outsider, it has become a signpost to the great crossroads, a symbol of that place where East and West touch.

Five of the pieces of music on HAMSA take their names from the Kabbalistic tradition. Each is located in the centre column of the Sefirot, the Tree of Life. In order of appearance, they descend from the highest branch to the roots and from there, to a transcendence. The other pieces of music speak to the meeting of East and West, Life and Death, Past and Future.

Carvin Knowles recorded HAMSA in Hollywood, California between 2001 and 2004, near the old landmark "The Crossroads of the World." The album weaves together influences from Los Angeles' varied Middle Eastern communities. It contains elements of Armenian, Turkish, Egyptian, Lebanese, Persian, Sephardic and Klezmer music, with a smattering of modern beats. If you like to dance, you'll love HAMSA.

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Composer Carvin Knowles' most famous piece of music plays during the "pie scene" in Universal's "American Pie." His work may be heard in John Waters' "Cecil B. Demented" and Steve Martin's "Novocaine" among others. Since 1989 he has been involved in the world-music scene in L.A., combining the styles of East and West into his own unique mix. Carvin Knowles currently lives in Auckland New Zealand.

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lordh

oriental urban music at its best
This is an awesome CD, which fuses traditional with beat-driven songs in a unique blend of music. Buy!
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janina

very, very good
One of the best CD's I own, glad I bought it. I love the elegant complexity of the music achieved though simple but emotionally rich melodic lines.
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janina

very, very good
One of the best CD's I own, glad I bought it. I love the elegant complexity of the music achieved though simple but emotionally rich melodic lines.
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Rasha

Loved it!
I am a bellydance instructor and I use it in class for drills all the time. Every track is danceable!
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Janice

Excellent!!!!
Excellent CD!! I LOVE this CD and I LOVE CDBaby.com Absolutely the best CD buying experience on the web!! Every track on Hamsa is great to belly dance to. Thank you Carvin for creating such terrific music!!!! Keep up the great work!!
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Roxanne

This makes my hips want to move!
I listened to a couple of songs on this artist's myspace page and had to hear the rest. When I received my CD I definitely was NOT disappointed! Keep them coming...because I'll keep buying.
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Kerry

Authentic world groove with heart to spare
Mr. Knowles brews up a slammin' groove-y mix with this HOT disc. It's "Passion" with some bounce, jive and inner beat keeping it all real in four directions. This musical voyage will get you dancing (checkit! "Ghita" rocks!) and touches the heart in a big way.
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Jud

Had to have it - well worth it.
I also heard some of this music on myspace and loved it straight away. Brilliant music to dance to. No regrets whatsoever in my impulse buy.
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kettle

I love this cd!
This is an awesome cd! It has an awesome sound and was very well produced. I listen to it everywhere! Thank you so much! Keep up the good work!
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Rebecca

Great!
I'm very happy with this CD. Listened to a few songs on MySpace, and had to have the whole thing.
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