Tag: middle east

  • Journey East: An Extended Introduction to the Enchanting Sound World of the Oud

    Journey East: An Extended Introduction to the Enchanting Sound World of the Oud

    By Lee Dynes The instrument goes by many names, takes several shapes, and can be played in a number of styles both traditional and modern. The oud or ud, sometimes referred to as barbat in Iran or kaban in Somalia and Sudan, is an instrument predominantly found in the Middle East, Spain, Greece, as well as […]

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  • Three Jazz Artists Harmoniously and Creatively Blending Arabic and Western Music

    Three Jazz Artists Harmoniously and Creatively Blending Arabic and Western Music

    By Lee Dynes The sound palette of Arabic, Persian, and various Middle Eastern regional cultures are generally not typically heard in the West outside of TV shows like Homeland and some films. Those droning tones, the anguished cries reminiscent of classical singers like Oum Kalthoum of Egypt or Yusuf Omar of Iraq, can evoke uneasy feelings […]

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  • Entrepreneurship in Music: Mideast Tunes

    Entrepreneurship in Music: Mideast Tunes

        Entrepreneurship in Music Series: 012     MIDEAST TUNES Founder Esra’a Al-Shafei We want our humanity and our futures in our own hands and we use the internet and other forms of technology to fight for those rights.  — Esra’a Al-Shafei Mideast Tunes is a music streaming platform promoting social change and cultural dialogue by promoting the […]

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Jlin: Rhythm, Variation, & Vulnerability