|Listen Now with Prime Music Join Prime||Prime Members|
|New from||Used from|
Frequently Bought Together
Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought
From the Label
As the Moors swept across the northern stretches of the African continent, they left in their wake a rich legacy of music, myths, and legends. Performing brilliantly on the oud (the Arab precursor of the lute) and on the tar (the ancient single-skinned frame drum of the upper Nile), interwoven with his hypnotic voice, he has singlehandedly created a new music, essentially a Nubian/Arabic fusion in line with both traditions and informed by Western conservatory training. This album includes an original composition,"The Visitors," which he composed in Baghdad in 1965, in Iraqi Arabic with Egyptian melody and Sudanese pentatonic.
Other tracks feature his arrangements of traditional songs celebrating a first wedding ("Ollin Arageed"); sending a river-pulley worker's greetings to his beloved via a pelican ("Helalisa"); and paying tribute to the incomparable Egyptian songstress Um Kalthoum (1902-1975). "Mwashah" is a classical piece from the time of the Moors in Spain, traditionally used to train voices.
Top Customer Reviews
For those of you who know the Grateful Dead, you will know that the band worked with Hamza beginning with their trip to Egypt in 1978. Throughout the 70s and 90s, Hamza joined the band on stage many times -and for good reason. In the new millennium, Hamza still plays with Mickey Hart's Planet Drum.
Hamza has many great albums like "Songs of the Nile" (JVC, 1982) and "Lily of the Nile" (Water Lily Acoustics, 1990) but this is his best. While I've heard a few songs here played on other albums, there's something special about "Eclipse." The only explanation is producer Mickey Hart.
Did you know that the oud is the root instrument where the modern electric guitar comes from? Travel back to your roots, to the collective roots of humanity and listen to something that is both ancient and timeless.
If you enjoy this CD, then I highly recommend the work of Catherine Braslavsky and Joseph Rowe, particularly the CD "From Jerusalem to Cordoba". [...]
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The grat El Din Hamza shows here how an oud player and his voice can swings like a jazz thing. Believe me or not the fact is that this wonderful music has a beat ,deep beat , that... Read morePublished on December 12, 2008 by lingua fabio
Hamsa El Din is a beautiful person and it shows through his music. His passing from this plane was a great loss to all. I enjoy this CD as well as his many others. Read morePublished on November 7, 2006 by kimykali
Hamza el Din is a fine artist. I listen to his music everyday. Gentle and deep. Wonderful. Perfect.Published on July 23, 2002 by Susan Fensten
hamza el din your music is beautiful i use to only listen to rhythym and blues and rap over the years of me studying religion and finding myself i got into music and the study of... Read morePublished on September 4, 1999
Sit back, relax, and let the music take you wherever. El Din's music is haunting, mesmerizing, and beautiful.Published on July 24, 1999