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Hossam Ramzy | Egyptian Percussionist - 0 views

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    Egyptian native Hossam Ramzy is the leader and chief percussionist of Pharaoh's Egyptian Ensemble, best known to Western listeners as the backing group featured on Robert Plant and Jimmy Page's No Quarter tour and album. Ramzy began playing the darabouka (Egyptian tabla) at a young age, much to his father's dismay. He moved to Saudi Arabia as a teenager, learning his craft while supporting himself by playing trap drums for radio and television programs.
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Don Cherry: 1936-1995 | Biography | Howard Mandel, Jazz Journalist - 0 views

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    Don Cherry was one of the most individual and idiosyncratic voices in contemporary jazz and world music, and also one of the most significant figures of his era. In an age of technically fearsome trumpet players, Cherry preferred to emphasise expression and musical communication over speed and technical prowess, and evolved an utterly distinctive sound and style in the process.
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taqasim oud ud - 0 views

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    Arab music tradition is the urban-based music of the eastern Mediterranean region ranging from Cairo to Beirut, Damascus and Aleppo. This music consists predominantly of precomposed songs that is, pieces in which a composer has determined the form and content of the music to be performed.
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Darbuka | Dumbek | Doumbek | Zarb | Arabic and Persian Percussion - 0 views

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    The name of this percussion instrument - the derbukka - comes from the arab root verb "derb" which means "to beat". Hence the persian name of the instrument "zarb" as the z is pronounced somewhere between the z and the d. The player of a darabukka is called derebki.
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Zurna or Mizmar | Middle-Eastern, Turkish, Central-Asian Instruments - 0 views

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    The middle eastern oboe plays an important role in folk music from China to Morrocco. It's a double reed instrument called mizmar in Egypt, and named zurna in Turkey. In China the Uygur people used the surnai or surnay in their music and in Iran it's known under the name sorna or sornay which means literally "strong flute". The word nay means flute. According to other sources sorna simply means horn. The Nepalese version of the is in a cresent form and looks more like a horn. Another related instrument is the Indian shehnai which contains the same root "nai".
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