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Qat, Coffee & Qambus: Raw 45s from Yemen

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Product details

  • Audio CD (16 Sep 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Dust To Digital
  • Other Editions: Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 120,563 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Ya Mun Dakhal Bahr Al-Hawa (Hey, Who Enters the Sea of Passion?)Fatimah Al Zaelaeyah 5:47£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Raee Al-Gamel (the Owner of Beauty)Ahmed Al Sonaidar 4:59£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Mushtaq (I'm Yearning)Bolbol Al Hejaz And Soni Ahmad 3:03£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Bellah Alek Wa Mosafer (Hey You, Passenger!)Ayob Absi 3:54£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Marhaban Ahlan (Hello,Welcome)Mohammed Ben Mohammed Ba Soweid 4:10£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Haya Abu-Saif (Welcome Saif's Father)Amna Hizam 4:39£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Hom Bel Hawa Ya Nas Walaoni (They Made Me Fond of Love)Raja Ali 4:26£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Wahed Mozawag (a Married Person)Mohammed Hamood Al Awami 4:03£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Amsi Sameer Al-Nojoom (Night Stars Watcher)Ahmad Al Haraz 3:19£0.99  Buy MP3 

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Qat, Coffee & Qambus: Raw 45s from Yemen is a compilation of rare, Yemeni vinyl singles, showcasing the little-documented, evolving local music styles in the 1960s and '70s. Vintage oud and vocal music inspired by the qat-chewing, coffee-sipping, qambus-playing culture of Yemen! Although part of the classical Arabic musical tradition, the music of Yemen takes its rhythmic lead as much from the East African coast (a mere 20 miles across the Red Sea) as the surrounding Arab Peninsula. Little has been written about the music and culture of one of the world's oldest civilizations, and each 45rpm disc gives a small glimpse of the poetic tradition, the unique local oud styles as well as an insight into people's day to day lives, or the highs and lows of human relationships. Overall, the compilation gives a flavor of the sights and sounds of Yemen, with detailed notes that tell the story of the hunt for music that has mostly lain forgotten in the antique markets of the capital, until now. "On first listen, these songs reminded me of old blues records. The heavy percussion and rhythmic string-picking in some of the songs belies the fact that the east African coast is only 20 miles away across the Red Sea; in many ways, Yemen is closer to countries such as Somalia and Ethiopia than to its peninsula neighbours, Oman and Saudi Arabia." The Guardian

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5.0 out of 5 stars Stronger coffee 4 April 2014
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Don't let the appeal of "raw 45s" mislead you. While there are obvious rhythmic jams going on here, it's mainly a stringed instrument such as an oud, a basic hand drum, and one vocalist. It's not really for the dance floor, at best, for grooving while sitting on a mat. The booklet has a fab photo of a teenaged boy holding James Brown's Popcorn LP, but this isn't acoustic Godfather in any sense and this CD compilation might have seemed old fashioned to the young man and his mates, for this is folk music. These tracks are not seven-inch groovers with seemingly any Western influence and compiler Chris Menist makes it clear in his booklet notes. The lack of our modern culture in this music is surprising; despite the music being from port cities, the several disc labels reproduced indicate they were pressed in Greece and Bahrain. But that doesn't make these nine numbers less sophisticated. Like, say, Robert Johnson's 1920s rural blues, they're intimate, deep soul music - just of a different sort. So while these aren't for dance clubs, the song structures and time signatures still serve up real emotion and sparky beats.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very Happy. Many Thanks 15 July 2014
Format:Vinyl|Verified Purchase
Delivery was first class. Item exactly as stated. Very Happy. Many Thanks.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful music 2 May 2014
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I am so thankful for this collection of music from Yemen. Hoping there will be a volume 2! Something about the Yemeni style of oud playing and percussion is very evocative and powerful to me. Funky simplicity and subtle elegance. All of the tracks are enjoyable -- my personal favorite is "Marhaban Ahlan." Thank you!
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