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Sacred Chant from Yemen

From: Harmonia Mundi Records

© Institut du Monde Arabe

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Running time is 3 minutes and 51 seconds

This CD contains performances by the munshidin or nashshadin from the Sanaa region of Yemen. These religious cantors chant at religions festivals, marriages, funerals, and many other occasions. Their performances are generally alone or in paris, and they are not accompanied by any kind of music. This recording is credited to The Association of Yemeni Precentors, an organization founded in 1975 to preserve the heritage of this musical tradition. This recording, the second track from the CD “Chants sacrés de Sanaa/Sacred Songs from Sanaa�? is an invocation of God’s blessing on the occasion. the soloist is Abd el-Rahman Mada’is.




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