Patti Trimble & Ramzi Harrabi | Hello Heaven! Poems from Arabic Sicily

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Hello Heaven! Poems from Arabic Sicily

by Patti Trimble & Ramzi Harrabi

Haunting Arabic song and oud from two fantastic North African musicians, and spoken English text bring alive medieval Sicilian Arabic poetry: poems about orange groves, volcanoes, love, and Ibn Hamdis' long exile.
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  Song Share Time Download
1. I Would Sacrifice My Soul for the One
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2. Welcome to This Tree and We Drank from the Sunset
1:07 $0.99
3. Don't Even Think These Tears
4:27 $0.99
4. I Asked the Moon
0:47 $0.99
5. I Asked the Moon 2
3:02 $0.99
6. Oh Sweet Mulberry
4:25 $0.99
7. Peacock Move Away
7:12 $0.99
8. Two Poems for the Volcano
2:37 $0.99
9. From the Lament for Sicily
5:39 $0.99
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Album Notes
Ten years ago, American poet Patti Trimble moved to Sicily part time, and soon met and performed with Tunisian musician Ramzi Harrabi. Two years ago, Patti discovered a collection of Italian translations of wonderful medieval Arabic poems (Sicily was under Arab rule for 200 years!). She asked two Arabic speaking friends— Ramzi Harrabi and Muqdad Majeed Tekke, an Iraqi student living in Berkeley, CA—to work with her, translating the poems from Arabic into English, an ongoing book length project.

Thousands of North African and Middle Eastern refugees have landed on Sicily's shores in recent years, and we who live here are aware of their difficulties and suffering. Patti Trimble translated these poems to bring the Arabic/Islamic presence alive again in Siracusa, showing Southern Italy's rich, deep, and varied cultural history.

The poems on this CD, in Arabic song and English verse, were performed for an appreciative audience from the NY Open Center in Sicily in 2013, and it was a beautiful event, so we decided to record them.

Old Islamic poems were sung, and poets were known for their singing; so Ramzi sings them here, his beautiful voice evoking the powerful emotion of the ancient words. Patti's lyric English versions are surprising and they are also contemporary, especially Ibn Hamdis' Lament for Sicily (recorded here in part) as it speaks about his exile in Spain, and in a way contemporary refugees understand.

Patti Trimble produced the CD with the generous help of co-producer Christina Isobel, and all CD sales benefit independent programs for peace and intercultural understanding in Sicily, helping people through cultural events and with friendship, translation, and support. We appreciate your contributions, and hope you will find the poems and song on this CD as beautiful as we do.

In peace,

Patti Trimble and Ramzi Harrabi



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