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Various Artists
Nahma: A Gulf Polyphony / يجيلخلا ءانغلا ددعت :ةمهن
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November 12, 2021

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FLEE, a multi-disciplinary arts organisation, sets out to ‘look beyond a particular trend or genre and understand the socio-economical context in which it emerged’. First Kenyan Benga music, then the Italian ‘Tarantismo’, and now, on the third instalment of this immersive project Alan Marzo, Olivier Duport and Carl Åhnebrink turn their attention to the music of the pearl divers from the Arabic/Persian Gulf. Taking previously unheard archival recordings and reprocessing them though contemporary lenses, the project looks at history with a sideways glance. Hieroglyphic Being’s ‘Kuzaliwa Upya' epitomises this form, where a vocal sample peeks obscurely through electronic side chaining, seeking to be heard. Elsewhere tracks convey their archival material more explicitly — 'Dub Divers', ‘Sitt-il Muhanna' — or simply serve to propel the project’s sonic narrative, like on Ben Bertrand’s hopeful ambient classical piece ‘And The Ashes of Our Burning Souls Will Fly Away'. The direct archive works towards the end of the record serve to contextualise what’s just been heard, along with the accompanying text featuring articles by regional experts, regional photography and more. An ambitious, complex but rewarding collection. 

Book Index:
Stories & Legends of the Pearl Divers Chants - Toufic Kerbage
Singing Pearls - Paul Mattar talks with Abou Saleh in Kuwait
Globules of Mutated Dissonance- Monira Al Qadiri
The Pearling Industry on the Arab coast of the Gulf - Mark Hobbs
Trading Chants and Pearls -Talal Mattar
The Pearl of Great Value - Charles Stang
Leaking Pearls -Talin Hazbar
Cultivating Pearls in the Gulf - Interview with Abdulla Al Suwaidi
A Diver’s way - «Major Ali»
Fijiri Failure Machine - Hasan Hujairi
Preserving A Legacy - A conversation with Noura Al Sayeh

Digital Tracklist

  1. 1 Dub Divers Tomaga 3:32 Buy
  2. 2 ZZMMYYHH YPY 5:10 Buy
  3. 3 Kuzaliwa Upya Hieroglyphic Being 8:10 Buy
  4. 4 Hilal Tarek Yaman 4:21 Buy
  5. 5 Vauguement (Haddadi) Alan Strani 4:40 Buy

    Vauguement (Haddadi)

  6. 6 And The Ashes of Our Burning Souls Will Fly Away Ben Bertrand 4:22 Buy

    And The Ashes of Our Burning Souls Will Fly Away

  7. 7 Schein davon Conny Frischauf 4:20 Buy
  8. 8 Sitt-il Muhanna Aya Metwalli 5:55 Buy

    Sitt-il Muhanna

  9. 9 Zumayyah (remix) Joakim 6:23 Buy

    Zumayyah (remix)

  10. 10 Ya Mal (Midaf) Poul Rovsing Olsen (archive) 6:20 Buy

    Ya Mal (Midaf)

  11. 11 Zumayyah Poul Rovsing Olsen (archive) 6:09 Buy
  12. 12 Haddadi Poul Rovsing Olsen (archive) 9:22 Buy
  13. 13 Bahri Poul Rovsing Olsen (archive) 17:05 Buy
  14. 14 Any Further Trade Tomaga 4:43 Buy

    Any Further Trade


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