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genre: Genres Tarab

  • review April 1, 2016


    Arabic art music shares one key characteristic with American jazz: an emphasis on improvisation, individual expression, but rendered with respect for and knowledge of a composed musical source. The rules and conventions diverge widely, but that common ground has proven … Read more »

  • blog February 18, 2015

    The Music of Trance: A Primer

    Over the years, we have touched on the music and cultures featured in our recent Hip Deep program The Nature of Trance. Haitian Vodou Haitian vodou is a complex, syncretic spiritual system derived from West African vodun, a form of spirit … Read more »

  • blog January 30, 2015

    Trance Video Playlist

    Our show “The Nature of Trance” explores music from trance ceremonies throughout Africa and its diaspora. Below, check out a trance video playlist, made to accompany the  the program. It features a tarab performance by A.J. Racy and the National … Read more »

  • blog December 5, 2011

    Discography: Tarab: the Art of Ecstasy in Arab Music

    Here are a list of albums heard on Afropop Worldwide’s Tarab: the Art of Ecstasy in Arab Music: Various artists “Le Luth Des Virtuoses” (Duniaphon 1996, Virgin France 2001) Sabah Fakhri “Au Palais Des Congres-1978” (Club du Disque Arabe 1995) … Read more »

  • feature December 5, 2011

    Tarab: Making Music in the Arab World

    The music in Afropop Worldwide’s 2003 program on tarab music has the power to fully rearrange one’s thinking about music in the Arab world. It is extremely intense—for some, perhaps, too much so. But it is also so beautiful and … Read more »

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