Tuesday, 28 June 2016

Aghakhan Abdullayev - Dorna - Musiqi Sanati Azerbaijan (Art Music of Azerbaijan) - Cassette published in Iran

Aghakhan Abdullayev (Aqakhan Abudllaev) is one of the most important and most traditional Mugham singers of Azerbaijan. Born in 1950, he is a student of the great Haji Baba Huseynov (1919-1993) and is regarded as the guardian of Mugham. He is also one of the most important teachers. Amongst his students is the famous Alim Qasimov. Here we present a cassette recorded and published in Iran. A wonderful CD has been published in France by Inédit - Maison des Cultures du Monde. 
See: http://www.maisondesculturesdumonde.org/node/238

Sunday, 12 June 2016

Cheikh Mouhammad Farid Al Sindyouni (1912-1955) - Le Coran - LP published in Beirut, Lebanon, in 1976

Here as a small tribute to the holy month of Ramadan a LP by a less known Qur'an reciter from Egypt:
Sheikh Muhammed Farid al-Sandyouni (محمد فريد السنديوني)
(1912 - 1955) 

Monday, 6 June 2016

Ari Babakhanov - Shashmaqam of Bukhara - Cassette from Uzbekistan

Ari Babakhanov (born 1934) is a wellknown renewer of the old Shashmaqam of Bukhara. See: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ari_Babakhanov
See also our last post containing recordings by his grandfather and his father: http://oriental-traditional-music.blogspot.de/2016/05/buxarskie-klassiki-classical-music-of.html
In 1998, RASA in Utrecht, Holland, organized a tour by the ensemble and I still remember very vividley, how I accompanied the tour with a CD desk and was taken by the music with each of the 5 or 6 concerts more and more and how sad I was at their last concert that the tour was finished. This is a music one has to grow into and the more one does the more rewarding it becomes.
The same year 1998 the ensemble also went in Holland into a studio and recorded a magnificent CD:

The CD is available at: info@raga-maqam-dastgah.com
I bought this cassette from the musicians at a more recent concert, maybe about 10 or a little more years ago, also in RASA.

Friday, 13 May 2016

Buxarskie Klassiki - Classical Music of Bukhara - MP3-CD from Uzbekistan

Here we present another wonderful MP3-CD from the collection of our dear friend Danny, containing famous singers from Bukhara, basicly trained in Shashmaqam, all from the Jewish community of Bukhara. The CD contains five folders:
1. The Family of Babakhanovs: Levi Babakhanov (1873-1926) and his son Moshe Babakhanov (1910-1983). There grandson and son Ari Babakhanov (born 1934) is today the most famous and most authentic interpreter of the Shashmaqam. See: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ari_Babakhanov. There is a wonderful CD by him and his ensemble, first published in 1999 on the Dutch label  New Samarkand Records, later republished by Pan Records. It is available from info@raga-maqam-dastgah.com. We will post soon a cassette by him.
2. Barno Isxakova (Ishakova). We posted recently a MP3-CD by her here. The material here seems to be more or less completely also on that MP3-CD.
3. Berta Davidova. We posted a MP3-CD by her here. The material here seems to be more or less completely also on that MP3-CD.
4. Gabriel Mullaqandov, a great Bukharian Shashmaqam singer.
5. Boris Namateyev (Namatiev), a well-known Shashmaqam singer, who lived in Dushambe, Tajikistan.

Monday, 9 May 2016

Qurbon o'lam - Four singers of the Shashmaqam of Bukhara, Uzbekistan

Here we present a MP3-CD from Uzbekistan with four singers of the Shashmaqam of Bukhara.
"Bukharian Jewish singer and Honored Artist of Uzbekistan Isoq (Isak) Katayev sings various traditional SHASHMAQOM songs in the Tajik (Central Asian Persian) language. These songs are known throughout the world of knowers of Shashmaqom music (or the folk music of Central Asia - Uzbeks, Tajiks, and Bukharian Jews). Katayev was quite popular in Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and the USSR. He worked for many years on the State TV and Radio of the Uzbek SSR with many famous performers where he later was bestowed with the title Honored/Merited Artist of the Uzbek SSR (Uzbekistan). He was a great master of traditional Uzbek and Tajik Music and Shashmaqom. After immigrating to the United States in the 1990's he joined the Ensemble "Shashmaqom" (under the leadership of Fatima Kuinova, Honored Artist of Tajikistan) and later Ensemble "Maqom" (under the leadership of Ilyas Mallayev, Honored Artist of Uzbekistan) with whom he travelled and performed all over the world. Sadly, he passed away in 2006 and is buried at the Bukharian Jewish section of a Long Island, New York Jewish Cemetery. His memory will never be forgotten, may he rest in peace!"
Izro (Ezro) Malakov is another Jewish Shashmaqam singer who after a successful career emigrated to New York. "People's Hofiz (Singer) EZRO MALAKOV. Born in Shahrisabz, Uzbekistan, he is a singer of traditional Bukharian Jewish and Central Asian songs as well as the cantor at the Beth Gavriel Bukharian Synagogue in Forest Hills, NY, USA."
Both these singers were present on the CD: "The Ilyas Malayev Ensemble - At the Bazaar of Love - Timeless Central Asian Maqam Music", published 1997 in the US by Shanachie and unfortunately for many years no longer available. 
The other two singers, Karim Mo'minov and Siroj Aminov, are a generation older than the first two and don't seem to belong to the Jewish community. They were members of the ensemble which under the direction of Yunus Rajabi recorded the legendary complete Shashmaqam, published in the first half of the 1960s . See our post of this box of 16 LPs here
The MP3-CD contains four folders, one for each of the four singers. They can be downloaded separately.

Many thanks again to our dear friend Danny who brought this CD from a trip to Uzbekistan.

Thursday, 5 May 2016

2 Ragas - LP published 1969 in Sweden

Here the promised LP with another side by Damodarlal Kabra and Manju Bhatt. See the one before here. Recorded in Jodhpur, India, in 1968 by Deben Bhattacharya. About the flutist on side 2 I don't know anything.

Friday, 22 April 2016

The Sitar of India - LP published in UK in 1971

Here we post a LP published in "The Living Tradition" series, recorded in India in 1968 by Deben Bhattacharya. This LP is interesting mainly because it contains one of the very few recordings of the great, but unfortunately little known Sarod player Damodarlal Kabra, the older brother of the famous Slide Guitar player Brij Bhushan Kabra. Damodarlal Kabra was the very first student of Ali Akbar Khan during the time when he was court musician in Jodhpur. That was in Ali Akbar Khan's early twenties. On Damodarlal Kabra see here.
We had already posted in 2013 a LP with one side by Damodarlal Kabra, also recorded in 1968 by Deben Bhattacharya. See here. Next we will post another LP published in Sweden, also with one side by him and Manju Bhatt, recorded at the same time as this one. 
Manju Bhatt, later after marriage known as Manju Mehta, with whom he plays here a Jugalbandi, was at that time completely unknown. She is the older sister of Vishwa Mohan Bhatt and studied with Damodarlal Kabra and Ravi Shankar. In the last years a couple of CDs by her were published in India and UK. She also was the co-founder of one of the biggest festivals of Classical Indian Music in India, the Saptak Festival. 
On side B there is another important, but little known musician: Umashankar Mishra, one of the very first students of Ravi Shankar and a very fine musician. On him see here. One would have wished that Deben Bhattacharya would have recorded a solo performance by him.