Wednesday, January 2, 2008

El-Tanbura, seductive folk melodies of the mythical Simsimiyya

what can i say! it just struck me when i first listened to the very fine tunes they played, i couldn't help playing the songs again and again as if not believing that such melodies can exist in the real world, it was like a journey through the mysteries of the Arabian Nights, very genuine and very seductive.

the homepage, provides plenty of samples and a very interesting biography that describes the origins of the band and the roots of the fascinating genre they play, it also mentions the myths about the origins of the instrument they use, called Simsimiyya, which adds a little spice to the whole thing,

you can find a complete song here on, i hope you enjoy this unique experience as much as i did.

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