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Bejawiya

by Otaak Band

Melodies from the Pharaonic age, and brand new original songs, using the masankop, an ancient East African lyre.
Genre: World: African
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1. Ogna
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2. Tehabay 1
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3. Daleeb
3:45 $0.99
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4. Bebop 1
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5. Kwal / W'afirhasa
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6. Ifaarsa
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7. Terbal
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8. Three Years
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9. W'annaafi
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10. Bebop 2
1:57 $0.99
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11. Ogbil
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12. Tehabay 2
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13. Yhaab Yhaaba
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Bejawiya is the first record for Otaak Band, a vehicle for explorations and expressions of lyre music. Led by drummer, producer and lyre player Miguel Merino, Bejawiya features the spectacular voice and lyre playing of Sudanese Beja singer Ahmed Said Abuamna. Engineered by Grammy-winning Egyptian engineer Alaa El Kashef (Youssou N'Dour), ”Bejawiya” shows the entire history of the lyre, called masankop by the Beja, an instrument dating to the Pharaonic age. From the oldest traditional Beja songs, such as “W’annaafi” and “Yhaab Yhaaba,” to the country-rock of “Ogna” and the Sudanese-inspired but original melodies of “Daleeb” and “Ifaarsa,” the album's lyrics are exclusively in the Beja language, written and sung in the style which has been passed down over countless generations. Bejawiya is the first recording of its kind to feature the Sudanese-style lyre as the lead instrument in a sophisticated compositional setting.

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