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Yousra Dhahbi-Meditations

From: Harmonia Mundi Records

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Yousra Dhahbi's was born into a musical family in Tunisia. Her father was a Sufi singer who encouraged his children to sing and to go to the rehearsals of his troupe. Yet Yousra was discouraged from studying the "Ud after high school, because her family feared there was no future in it. Small wonder, when even he school teachers didn't believe there was a place for women in instrumental music. YYousra did spend several years studying and working in medicine, but she continued to play music and eventually gave up her job to pursue a career in music. Today she is one of the most highly regarded musicians in the Arab world and one of only a handful of women. This piece was written by the artist herself and is in a maqam known as rahit larweh. According to Dhahbi, "This is a mode I really like, it puts me into a Sufi state of mind. Accordingly, the piece is called Rouhaniyet or "Meditations."




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