Thursday, 18 June 2015

Abderrahim Abdelmoumen - Tartil Al Karie - Qur'an Recitation from Morocco

On the occasion of the beginning of the blessed month of Ramadan a beautiful Qur'an recitation from Morocco. Abderrahim Abdelmoumen is a well known Qur'an reciter, Munshid (singer of religious and Sufi songs) and a singer of Arabo-Andalusian Noubas. Here he recites the two last Hizbs (sections) of the Qur'an.

Side 1:
Hizb 'Amma: Surates 78 - 86

Side 2:
Hizb Sabbih: Surates 87 - 114

"Natif de Tanger, Abderrahim Abdelmoumen, par ailleurs licencié en droit privé, a commencé son parcours dans le chant spiritual au sein de la zaouïa de Tanger, où il a appris les règles du chant soufi et reçu les principes et les valeurs du soufisme au contact des grands maîtres du domaine. Les liens tissés entre le chant spirituel marocain et la musique andalouse lui ont permis d’explorer les secrets de cet art et de former son propre style.
En 1999, il enregistre un CD de musique andalouse à l’Institut du Monde Arabe, avec le groupe du conservatoire de Tanger sous la direction de Cheikh Ahmed Zaitouni. Il est membre d'une association Italienne impliquée dans les traditions du monde, « Multifrazione Projettit », sous la direction du maestro Luigi Cinque avec lequel il enregistre « Tangerine Café » en 2003. En 2008, il participe aux semaines culturelles organisées par le ministère de la culture marocaine en Algérie, en Tunisie et en Syrie. Il enregistre également un CD de musique andalouse « Al Hadika Adai'a » (El jardín perdido) avec un groupe espagnol à Valence. En 2009, il enregistre la bande son d'un opéra pour marionnettes « Davia et le Sultan », avec la casa musicale de Corse, Amina Alaoui, Francine Massiani, Henri et Idriss Agnel.
Abderrahim a aussi chanté dans différentes villes du Maroc, avec les orchestres des conservatoires de Tanger (sous la direction de Cheikh Ahmed Zaïtouni), de Tétouan (avec Mohamed Amine Akrami), de Meknès (avec Tawfik Himmich), et les orchestres Omar Métioui, El Brihi (sous la houlette de Anas Attar), Chabab El Andalous (avec Amine Doubi), Abdelkrim Raïs (avec Mohamed Briouel), Layali Nagham (avec Abdesslam Khalloufi). Il a tourné en Afrique du Nord, en Europe et aux États-Unis."

Comment by Tim Abdellah on his blog Moroccan Tape Stash (
"A lovely album of Qur'an recitation by Abderrahim Abdelmoumen, a Moroccan reciter who is also versed in Moroccan Andalusian Sufi singing. It's rare to hear Moroccan melodies and vocal stylings in Qur'an recitation, so this is a real treat."

Saturday, 6 June 2015

Singh Bandhu: Tejpal Singh & Surinder Singh - Dawn & Dusk - LP published in India in 1980

Here one of the many LPs by another duo of brothers, Tejpal Singh (b. 1937) and Surinder Singh (b. 1940), popularly known as “Singh Bandhu,” They were quite popular in the 1970s and 1980s.

"The brothers Tejpal Singh (b. 1937) and Surinder Singh (b. 1940), popularly known as “Singh Bandhu,” cut their musical teeth under their elder brother G.S. Sardar. Later, Surinder Singh took taleem from N. Aminuddin Dagar. In 1961, both the brothers became pupils of Amir Khan. The time spent at the feet of the great ustad was to play a major role in the transformation of their respective musical personalities. The Singh brothers are also adept at devotional music, and have an association with not only with the shabads of the Sikh gurus, but also with the works of the Sufi saints and the Bhakti saints of south India."
from: Bharatiya Sangeetkar Ustad Amir Khan by Ibrahim Ali (Classical Publishing Company, New Delhi, 2000)

On the artists see also:

Friday, 29 May 2015

Khan Bandhu: Ustad Mohammad Sayeed Khan & Ustad Mohammad Rashid Khan - Rare Morning Ragas - Cassette published 1987 in India

For more infos on the singers see our earlier post here.

Many thanks to Ed from Amsterdam who kindly shared this cassette. Here what he wrote: "I saw on your blog the LP from Khan Bandhu and people asking if there are more known published  recordings. You answered there was one more LP which you did not have. Last week I found a cassette in a second hand shop from Khan Bandhu for the price of 0,10 euro. Yes, what a surprise, what a miracle. No other Indian cassettes, only this one."

Sunday, 17 May 2015

Nikhil Banerjee (1931-1986) at WDR, Cologne, Germany - Broadcasts recorded 1971, 1975 and 1984 - CD 5

Finally we received a complete version of the 5th CD of this set of 5 CDs and posted it. It contains commentaries on Indian music given by Nikhil Banerjee after his studio recording of Raga Desh (see CD 3) (studio recording by WDR on 10.11.1984. Moderator: Jan Reichow).
See here the whole set including the 5th CD.

Saturday, 16 May 2015

Gharanon Ki Gaiki - Vol. 20 - Mohammad Afzal Khan & Mohammad Hafiz Khan - Talwandi Gharana

The Talwandi Gharana is the only Dhrupad Gharana in Pakistan, very different from the better known Indian Dhrupad traditions. These two singers passed away already years ago and are succeeded by their sons Labrez Afzal Khan and Ali Hafeez Khan.

For more information see:

Monday, 11 May 2015

Gharanon Ki Gaiki - Vol. 19 - Asad Ali Khan - Agra Gharana

Ustad Asad Ali Khan was an outstanding disciple of the great Ustad Fayyaz Khan. He was already well-known in India in the 1940s, before he went to Pakistan after partition. There unfortunately - it seems - he never became very well known, judging from the few recordings which exist. I guess these musicians were mainly known for their - often privately organized - concerts (Mehfils).

Here some memories by a singer, Moni Babu, who learned, among other greats of the Agra Gharana, also from Ustad Asad Ali Khan: 
"Ustadji’s (Tassadaq Hussain Khan's) nephew Asad Ali was a wonderful singer. He moved to Karachi after partition. Till then we thought that in Ustad’s absence Asad was the one who would bear the mantle. Once in a programme from Delhi Radio he gave a recital of Sayaji Kanada. It was an unbelievable performance that haunted me for many days. When Asad returned to Agra, I pleaded with him to show me the nuances of the raga. Ustadji was not at home when we started but suddenly returned from somewhere. Asad received the scolding of his life and literally fell at his feet. I was speechless at the developments and vanished from the scene. Later Ustadji called me the same day and taught me till I was able to sing it myself. The fact was , none except him was allowed to teach. I was clearly told not to depend on anybody else and ask him whatever I wanted to know. I had seen similar things to happen to others also.
He affectionately called me Maharaj and treated me like one. On Sundays his own tonga would pick me up and drop me back. Money was never an issue. Whenever and whatever I could afford to give was fine. Agra was witness to the most terrible riots during partition time. Ustadji’s house was at the end of a lane  through a red-light area , lined on both sides with beef-shops on the ground floor  . No Hindu would even think of going there those days, particularly during the nights. I had never told anything to him but was naturally a bit concerned because it was quite late in the night by the time I returned from Ustadji’s house. One day Ustadji called a man named Abdul and told him “Abdul, he is my son. Nothing should happen to him”. From that day onwards, two persons would escort me every day till I reached the safe Hindu locality. So much for discrimination”.
Read here the complete story: 

Some information on the Agra Gharana:

Wednesday, 6 May 2015

Gharanon Ki Gaiki - Vol. 18 - Hameed Ali Khan & Fateh Ali Khan - Gwalior Gharana

See our earlier post of a cassette by the two brothers here.

The two brothers were and still are well-known Khayal singers in Pakistan. Not to be confused with the famous Patiala Gharana singers of the same names. It seems that they stopped at one point to sing together. See below the links to their facebook sides. 

On the artists see: