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African Village Music

by Various Artists

Halim El-Dabh presents diverse African traditional music from throughout the great continent
Genre: World: African
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Men's Shellala - Akaki Zeraf
7:23 $0.99
2. Men's Shellala With Community
6:43 $0.99
3. Kaff Dance
2:28 $0.99
4. Nay & Derabucca
3:03 $0.99
5. Zagazig Oud
0:43 $0.99
6. Ekonda Women of the Congo
7:45 $0.99
7. Ekonda Men and Women of the Congo With Scrapers
13:40 $0.99
8. Ekonda Men of the Congo
14:23 $0.99
9. Ekonda Men and Women of the Congo - A Communal Celebration
3:08 $0.99
10. Village Outside of Bamako
5:11 $0.99
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Album Notes
Halim El-Dabh has conducted ethnomusicological research in the Congo, Egypt, Ethiopia, Guinea, Mali, Morocco, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa, Sudan, and Zaire. Within the African Diaspora, his research also includes Brazil, Jamaica, and the United States.
El-Dabh has written for African instruments and African themes. His works in opera, symphony, ballet, orchestra, chamber and electronic music are inspired from the heart of cultures in Africa and Asia. Information about his works can be found on his website at Presented in this CD are selected pieces from El-Dabh's vast collection of studies, travels and performances by and with African peoples. African Village Music is Halim El-Dabh's third ethnomusicological field research CD release under the Halim El-Dabh Music label. El-Dabh often participated with the villagers in song, dance.

1. Men's Shellala - Akaki Zeraf 1963 Ethiopia 7:28
Gondar Province. Amhara people
Song of courage and self-reliance. The song became more prominent after the
1936 failed Italian military mission in Ethiopia.

2. Men's Shellala With Community 1963 Ethiopia 6:53
Gondar Province. Amhara people.
Community chorus supporting the Shellala singer - confirming
his poetic sense of his achievement as a man of courage and self reliance.

3. Kaff Dance 1960 Egypt 2:34
Egyptian Nubian people in the village of Kalabsha. The words
"Hela Hela Hallah" calls on brothers and sisters to welcome a stranger. It retains the ancient
Egyptian customs of special types of hand clappings.

4. Nay & Derabucca 1953 Egypt 3:12
Egyptian village flute, voice & drum.
Two village workers in Luxor in upper Egypt express their daily activities.
The hard and the pleasurable experiences of life are sung with the simple the words -
"ya bouiy - ya bouiy"

5. Zagazig Oud 1988 Egypt 0:45
The oud is the prototype of the European lute and Spanish guitar. The rich sound of the oud is
heard in a small village outside of Zagazig. The piece is a taqseem on maqam shawq afza.
It is an example of traditional music of Sharqiya Province orally passed down from generation to
generation. It is a folk desire for a memory of the past.

6. Ekonda Women of The Congo 1975 Zaire 7:56 Ekonda women calling out their feelings as well as talking about their achievements and activities.
Wooden horns sound like a combination of French horns and trumpets. Dogs bark whenever spirits

7. Ekonda Men and Women of The Congo With Scrapers 1975 Zaire 13:41
The simple powers of the scrapers connect the Ekonda with nature by adding
continuous vocal expression and innovative polyphony along hollow wooden sounds.

8. Ekonda Men of The Congo 1975 Zaire 14:20
The celebration continues with the intensity of vocal extensions of male voices as a response to the
acknowledgement of their ancestors. They sometimes harmonize in sixes and thirds.

9. Ekonda Men and Women of The Congo - A Communal Celebration 1975 Zaire 3:05
Here the Ekonda men and women dance in communal celebration.

10. Village outside of Bamako 1968 Mali 5:16
Children playing and imitating the adults in drums and variable metal, wood and bead percussion
instruments made from plants, seeds and gourds.



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