This song is called Songhai Piece. It comes from Mali, in North Africa: And here is one you should know by now, if you have the right stuff. (It is from a country to the East of Mali. Or West, if you go the long way):
Like I said up there. This is called Raga Kamaj: And this is a mix of sixteen different Ragas: This one is called Raga Bageshri: According to Wikipedia, a raga or raag (IAST: rāga; also raaga or ragam; literally “coloring, tingeing, dyeing”) is a melodic framework for improvisation akin to a melodic mode in Indian classical music. The rāga is a unique and central feature of theContinue reading “A Raga For You”
All good things come to an end sooner or later. This is the second to last song on our trip around the world, musically speaking. It was written in the Rai style of music popular in Northwest Africa. This song is called 2:30 AM. And this one is called Rosh Shel Lee (My Head) AccordingContinue reading “Just Two Songs Left”
As we continue on our exploration of Middle Eastern music, I must remind you all to remain seated, and keep your hands and feet inside the vehicle at all times. We don’t want another incident like the one last week. I will be adding more songs to this page later today. At least that isContinue reading “Another Dilemma”
According to https://www.worldbellydance.com/history/ the origin of the name ‘belly dance’ comes from the French Danse du ventre, which translates as “dance of the stomach.” I did not know that! But I do know that I like the music that comes from that part of the world. Here is another “Belly Dance Excerpt.” Or should I sayContinue reading “More Fun Facts”
Fun Fact: Today’s song comes from Turkey, and is used often by belly dancers. It is entitled Cafe Shohor 9.
This concludes our study of African Music. We will continue on our journey through the music of the world when we visit the Middle East. If you have questions refer to your syllabus or any of the online resources I discussed in our Zoom Meetings in May.