VariousMusic In The World Of Islam, 1: The Human Voice

Label:Tangent Records (2) – TGS 131
Series:Music In The World Of Islam – 1
Vinyl, LP, Album
Genre:Classical, Folk, World, & Country
Style:Field Recording, Classical


A1Unknown ArtistUntitled (Recitation Of Verses Of The Qu'ran)
A2Unknown ArtistDhikr (Remembrance)
A3Habibola HalikaHouri
A4Unknown ArtistUntitled (Bedouin Wedding Songs)
A5Jabr Bin Husein*Ghazal
A6Amir MohammedGurdum Gurdum
TamburaBaba Hakim
A8Unknown ArtistHaddadi
LeaderSalim Alan*
B1Wasimxzama Khan NaseriKavali
B2Dunya YunisAbu Zeluf
B3Gadabursi*Untitled (Leader/Chorus Song)
B4Mehein Fin Baqid & Dahai Fin Baqid / Hateim Atiya Khalil SayedRadha / Ga's
B5Aqi PishakUntitled (Love Song)
B6Unknown ArtistTahlil

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Track A1 sung by members of a religious brotherhood from Al-Ateuf, Saharan region near Ghardaia, Algeria. This track is used by Brian Eno and David Byrne for their track called "Qu'ran" from the album "My Life In The Bush Of Ghosts" (1981)
Track A2 is a Sufi ceremony performed by members of the Guneydiyah Sect from Fayoum Oasis, Egypt.
Track A3 is recorded in Sanandaj, Kurdistan, Iran.
Track A4 sung antiphonally by two groups of women in an encampment in the south of Wadi Musa, Jordan.
Track A5 is recorded in Tarif, Abu Dahbi, United Arab Emirates.
Track A6 is recorded in Daulatabad, north of Balkh, Afghanistan.
Track A7; Rasha'ida is a nomadic Arabic tribe near Nagfa, northern Red Sea area of Eritrea, Ethiopia.
Track A8 sung by a group of about 20 pearl divers from Muharraq, Bahrain.
Track B1 is recorded in Hyderabad, Deccan, India.
Track B2 is recorded in Beirut, Lebanon. This track is used by Brian Eno and David Byrne for their tracks called "Regiment" and "The Carrier" from the album "My Life In The Bush Of Ghosts" (1981) The artist name was misspelt, it should be written Dunya Yasin.
Track B3 sung by a group of Gadabursi Somali from Jijiga, Harar Province, Ethiopia.
Track B4 ; "Radha" is recorded in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates. "Ga's" is recorded in the Fayoum region, Egypt.
Track B5 is recorded in Aqcha, Afghanistan.
Track B6 sung by a Sufi group of about 25 men in the Khalif's mosque in Baghdad, Iraq.

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Music In The World Of Islam, 1: The Human Voice (LP, Album)Tangent Records (2)TGS 131UK1976



  • eusebius's avatar
    Edited 3 months ago
    The recordings gathered here were collected in their local contexts, which allows the authenticity of the musical materials to be retained. Even though, some of the tracks, originally in mono, were later electronically processed for stereo, a practice that today can be subject to debate.

    Two different samples from the track B2 of this record (the solo singing of the Lebanese Dunya Yunis) were used in tracks 3 and 8 of Brian Eno - David Byrne - My Life In The Bush Of Ghosts (1981).

    Also, some samples from this Islam vocal music release, including, again, the voice of Dunya Yunis, were used in the song "Angel Dust", part of New Order - Brotherhood (1986).

    Coincidentally, Peter Saville (2) contributed to the design work on both My Life In The Bush Of Ghosts and Brotherhood albums.
    • Erik-Satire's avatar
      If someone has just the cover in stock, let me know :)
      Mine has some damages. Thanks !
      • rat23's avatar
        Edited 6 years ago
        my life in the bush of ghosts - brian eno and david byrne, think they might of owned a copy ;-)
        • biznotic's avatar
          Track B2 also used in New Order - Evil Dust.
          • fieldofsky's avatar
            A record of great integrity from the great age of the hi-fi. “Ethnic” music in 1976 was not conscious of its self as it is now; this record therefore is a jewel from an age of innocence. The ambience is intimate and although the fidelity of sound is unremarkable the places and people in the recordings are tangible.


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