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The Music of Arab Detroit: A Musical Mecca in the Midwest: Example 5

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Figure 4.1. Musicians on stage at a haflah (music party) in New York during the 1950s.


5) Ma Hadi Zayeh (No One Was Ever So Distressed). Early 1900s
Moses Cohen-vocalist; Naim Karakand-violin; unknown-qanun

From album: Musics of Multicultural America. Shirmer Books 1997.

Example Information:

“An excerpt of a 78 rpm recording from the early 1900s (Track 5 to accompany the Musics in Multicultural America Textbook)
Like many forms of Arab music, this piece is performed in free rhythm. The singer’s
melody and the instrumentalists’ accompaniment are improvisatory. the excerpt concludes with a brief violin taqasim (improvisation), the length of which was presumably determined by space remaining on the 78 rpm disc. The vocal exclamations heard toward the end of the excerpt are in praise of the musicians’ playing.

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New at the Archives

ATM Collection added to National Recording Registry

A 1938 collection of recordings of Kwakwaka'wakw Chief Dan Cramner has been added to the National Recording Registry of the Library of Congress.

Photo by Edward S. Curtis, 1914

The collection is one of only 25 recordings added to the Registry each year. A collection of aluminum disc recordings of Kwakwaka'wakw Chief Dan Cranmer made by Franz Boas and George Herzog in 1938 is now one of the 25 recordings selected for special recognition. Other registrants include Linda Ronstadt's "Heart Like a Wheel" album, the presidential recordings of Lyndon Johnson, and the Everly Brothers' single "Cathy's Clown." The Boas/Herzog collection is the only set of ethnographic recordings selected by the Library of Congress for this year's registry.




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