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Music of Central Asia Vol. 3: Art of the Afghan Rubâb

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  • Audio CD (March 14, 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Smithsonian Folkways
  • ASIN: B000EBFWPS
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #24,587 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By L. Rosenthal on June 20, 2006
Format: Audio CD
The tabla player on this album is amazing. He outshines the rubabist, who is also awesome. This album is very Indian in sound. The rags and ghani? (little new to the Afghan music) chosen are of a more minor/dissonant nature than the Afghan music I've heard on popular Afghan websites. The instrument itself is related to sarod, but much more percussive due to frets. The tabla player steals the show though. His use of bhari/khali technique is flawless and easily readable. Clear use of the bayan (bass) drum, not just a blur of bols. But then he hits off these rolls and uses varying stresses and mixes with syncopation. Amazing. As good as Ali Ackbar Khan and his tablaist. An excellent buy!
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This may be the most important series of world music CDs ever. The Music of Central Asia initiative was set up by the Aga Khan and the Smithsonian Insitution to document the surviving folk music traditions of that rich part of the world, and to present it to the global community with enough background to get the most out of it. Each volume in the series comes with a substantial booklet with an explanation of each track and a presentation of the instruments, as well as a DVD with a short documentary film.

In this third volume, the Afghan rubab tradition is represented by virtuoso performer Homayun Sakhi. The rubab is stringed instrument of which three strings are plucked and another three function as drones and 11 or 12 as sympathetic strings. The rubab performer is accompanied by a tabla drummer. While the rubab is squarely a Central Asian creation, but its Afghani performance tradition developed in close relationship with players in the East, and so afficionados of North Indian music will find this to be quite familiar.

As a linguist, I was attracted to the Music of Central Asia series mainly by the exotic vocal traditions in Persian or Turkic languages represented in most of its installments. I therefore find this purely instrumental offering slightly less appealing. Nonetheless, this is pretty engaging music, where endless plucking of the strings leads the listener to a trance-like state, but without ever becoming that repetitive. The virtuosity of Homayun Sakhi is stunning, all the more so on the DVD where one can see his fingers at work.

The documentary on the DVD is fun, if somewhat lightweight.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By dsh on January 15, 2008
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Homayun jaan and Toryala jaan are both exceptional musicians and performers, respectively. Living in NorCal, we have the extra advantage of seeing these two live in concert. Check out the "Little Kabul" area of Fremont, CA., especially during the Nowrouz "new year" (March 21st), where there are many concerts and activities going on, possibly a concert featuring Homayun and Toryala.

Cheers,
~dsh~
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