Moraíto Chico, Omar Bashir, Jookoo | Journey to the Roots of Flamenco

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Journey to the Roots of Flamenco

by Moraíto Chico, Omar Bashir, Jookoo

Music from ancient Mesopotamia, which could be the source of flamenco music and even the blues.
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Introduction (In Aramaic)
Kaiser Zeradush
0:33 $0.99
2. Diwani (with Moraíto Chico's guitar) Kaise Zeradush, singer
Kaiser Zeradush, Moraíto Chico
3:56 $0.99
3. Diwani (with Moraíto Chico's guitar) Jopey Deriouish, singer
Jopey Deriouish
5:52 $0.99
4. Rawey Geewerejis Solomo, singer
Rawey Geewerejis, Moraíto Chico
2:21 $0.99
5. Rawey (with Jookoo's guitar)
Geewerejis Solomo, Jookoo
4:51 $0.99
6. Diwani Geewerejis Solomo, singer
Geewerehis Solomo
2:00 $0.99
7. Rawey Kaiser Zeradush, singer
Kaiser Zeradush
2:40 $0.99
8. Rawey Hosanna Pityew, singer
Ohshana Pityew
1:09 $0.99
9. Bilia Abuhjanu Zhorna and Lasar Itamur, singers
Abuhjanu Zornah, Lasar Itamur
6:06 $0.99
10. Rawey Oshanna Pityew, singer
Ohshana Pityew
0:46 $0.99
11. Liliana, Khawah del Karbar, singer
Khawah del Karbar
0:40 $0.99
12. Liliana Khawah, singer
Khawah del Karbar
6:24 $0.99
13. Dowlah Zornah Lasar Itamus and his son, playing the traditional
Dowlah Itamur
3:36 $0.99
14. Traditional Tambura (sitar pequeño) Albert Tamruz.
Albert Tamruz
5:28 $0.99
15. Traditional Oud (Minir Bashir and his son Omar)
Minir Bashir, Omar Bashir
5:40 $0.99
16. The World (Edwar Musa)
Edwar Musa
4:39 $0.99
17. Time to Finish King Biba, singer.
King Biba
5:08 $0.99
18. Ashok Music written for King Biba's funeral.
King Biba
2:34 $0.99
19. Don't Deny Yourself and Your Name King Biba, singer.
King Biba
3:39 $0.99
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Album Notes
The roots of flamenco, blues, ciganne, manugge and classical music is from Mesopotamia? How can this be? Gypsies originate from Mesopotamia? Do all These styles of music have a common root, a mother of all music, dating back thousands of years before Christ? The answer appears to be yes.
This CD contains tribal music and singing from the ancient land of Mesopotamia clearly proving to be true.

This CD is about roots. Imagine a people without music, language, writing, and all art in general. An empty shell with no pearl. The music, and particularly the singing in this CD, comes from the ancient culture of Mesapotamia. Its people and its language are the direct decendants of indigenous people known today as Assyrian; not to be confused with the country of Syria. The ancient empire of Mesapotamia ended in 612 B.C. due to civil war. The internal chaos permitted neighbouring rulers to take over the land. Since then the indigenous people have never regained their homeland, and have been persecuted by successive regimes. They fearlessly walked into the furnaces of fire for their mother land - in the words of an Aramaic poet. In the past three thousand years they have suffered genocide, deportation, exile and enslavement. They have been denied all rights, and discriminated against by many nations. Regardless of what has happened they have kept their culture, customs, ancient language of Aramaic, music, poetry, and dance alive through a written and oral tradition. Thus, they have maintained their cultural identity.

The singing on this CD shows many different styles of traditional music which has been passed down orally from generation to generation.

Rafael Fernández Suarez, a Jerezano gypsy scholar, contends that the ancestor of flamenco singers was a Mesopotamian singer probably named a ¨gheta¨- which in ancient Egypt became a ¨jitheo¨ or ¨kitheo¨. He claims the first gypsy tribes in Andalucía had Mesopotamian roots. He will be publishing a book on this theme.

This project began when Jookoo moved, with his family, as a refugee, to Chicago, at the age of 14. The musicians in the community he was part of played their own ethnic music, but he began playing the blues guitar as well. Later on, flamenco drew his interest. As he was listening to flamenco singers such as Juan Telega, Terremoto, Agujeta, his grandmother commented that the voices ¨are of our heritage¨, the same as those of the traditional singing of Rawey, Diwani, Liliana, Bilia. Comparing a tape of his grandmother, made of village singing in these styles, Jookoo was convinced there was a link. He traveled to Jerez de la Frontera, Spain, the cradle of flamenco, and took this tape to Manuel Morao, a well-respected flamenco guitarist and entrepreneur. Manuel Morao also immediately drew the comparison between this music and flamenco, wanting to know who the people were. Jookoo replied that his people were direct descendants of the people of Mesopotamia. Manuel Morao remarked that this discovery would stop all debate about the original sources of flamenco, and the gypsy people themselves.

Included with this CD is a booklet that discusses in more detail the evidence behind this thesis. A special ¨thank you¨ goes to Moraito Chico for all his patience and hard work. Another thank you to all the artists who have lent their voices, making this three year project possible. We hope that listeners will enjoy this CD from beginning to end. Many singers who have contributed to this CD are no longer with us. This CD is a tribute to them and their people. Their voices will be with us forever.



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This CD is a single page in a chapter of unwritten book as yet on the Heritage o
This CD is an awesome single page in a chapter of unwritten book as yet on the Heritage of the Christian Assyrian people, the native people of Mesopotamia. It is not your typical all-Flamenco CD some tracks are tribal Vocal songs only. Maybe you have heard about Gilgamesh or the Epic Creation Hymens from Shinar? On this CD we hear how the Assyrians turned such Temple praying hymens (written in cuneiform) into Hymens for the new God now written in Syriac/Aramaic. The fall of their Empire did not see them disappear as some like to believe! This CD contains some of such Ancient Tribal Singing/Vocals, accompanied by one of the most beautiful rhythms the ‘Flamenco’. Which we can hear how in this work; the lost child is coming back home to its Roots. Flamenco is connecting with its lost ancestors. God bless all the people who worked on this Magical CD. Especially Jookoo.


Very Interesting. You need to listen several times to really enjoy it
This flamenco is not for newbies. It is very well done, interesting and educational too. Omar Bashir is a true artist of the oud. The liner notes are worth reading carefully. I have long thought that flamenco had its roots in arabic/moorish music.