Music of Syria

Syria's capital and largest city, Damascus, has long been one of the Arab world's centers for cultural and artistic innovation, especially in the field of classical Arab music. Syria has also produced several pan-Arab stars, often in exile, including George Wasoof and Nur Mahana. The city of Aleppo is known for its muwashshah, a form of Andalous sung poetry popularized by Sabri Moudallal, as well as popular stars like Sabah Fakhri. Dabka and other forms of dance music are also popular.

Syria was one of the earliest centers of Christian hymnody, in a repertory known as Syrian chant, which continues to be the liturgical music of some of the various Syrian Christians.

Samples

  • "Ughniyah li al-Atfal" Syrian lullaby from the Library of Congress' Florida Folklife from the WPA Collections; performed by Nicholas Debs on March 10, 1940 in Jacksonville, Florida

See also

Pizmonim

References

  • Badley, Bill and Zein al Jundi. "Europe Meets Asia". 2000. In Broughton, Simon and Ellingham, Mark with McConnachie, James and Duane, Orla (Ed.), World Music, Vol. 1: Africa, Europe and the Middle East, pp 391-395. Rough Guides Ltd, Penguin Books. ISBN 1-85828-636-0
Anthem
Homat el Diyar
Guardians of the Land


Capital
(and largest city) Damascus

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Damascus
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Damascus Skyline

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Nickname: (Al Fayhaa) The Fragrant City
Damascus' location within Syria
Syria
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Arabic music (Arabic,الموسيقى العربية) includes several genres and styles of music ranging from Arab classical to Arabic pop music and from secular to sacred music.
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George Wassouf (Arabic: جورج وسوف) is a Syrian singer.[1] He was born on December 23 1961 in Kafroun, Homs, Syria.
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Nour Mhanna (Nur Mahana) is a Syrian singer.

The son of an Alawi Sheik, Mhanna started his musical career as a reciter of the Qur'an, before switching to secular music.
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For other meanings, see Aleppo (disambiguation). Halab redirects here; for other meanings, see Halab (disambiguation).


مدينة حلب
City of Aleppo

Citadel of Aleppo
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Muwashshah or muwaššah (Arabic:موشٌح ,girdled) is an Arab poetic form and an eastern secular musical genre which uses muwaššah texts for lyrics.
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Al-Andalus (Arabic: الأندلس al-andalus) was the Arabic name given to those parts of the Iberian Peninsula governed by Muslims, or Moors, at various times in the period between 711 and 1492.
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Sabah Fakhri (Arabic: صباح فخري) (born 1933): is a renowned and venerated singer from Aleppo in northern Syria.
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Dabke (also transliterated from the Arabic as debke, dabka, and dabkeh) is the traditional folk dance of the Levant, going back generations, and is also the national dance of Lebanon, Jordon, Syria and Palestine, it's found also in
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Dance music is music composed specifically to facilitate or accompany dancing. It can be either a whole musical piece or part of a larger musical arrangement.

Genres

Dance music works often bear the name of the corresponding dance, e.g.
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For other meanings see hymn (disambiguation)


A hymn is a type of song, usually religious, specifically written for the purpose of praise, adoration or prayer, and typically addressed to a god or other religiously significant figure.
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Syrian chant is the chant used in Syriac Christianity.

As Syria was one of the earliest centers of Christianity, its style of chant is among the oldest in the world.
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Assyrian people

Culture
Music
Language
(Assyrian
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Jacksonville, Florida

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Nickname: Jax
Motto: Where Florida Begins
Location in the state of Florida
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Religious Jewish music.

Jewish and Israeli Music
(main article)
Religious music:'''
Historical • Contemporary
Piyyut • Nigun • Pizmonim
Zemirot • Baqashot
Secular music:
Israeli • Israeli Folk
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The music of the Middle Eastern and North Africa spans across a vast region, from Morocco to Iran, and it's influences can be felt even further afield. Middle Eastern music influenced (and has been influenced by) the to music of Greece and India music, as well as Central Asia,
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Algerian music is virtually synonymous with raï among foreigners; the musical genre has achieved great popularity in France, Spain and other parts of Europe. For several centuries, Algerian music was dominated by styles inherited from Andalusia, eventually forming a unique North African
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Bahrain is a small island in the Persian Gulf, and is part of the pan-Gulf khaleeji folk traditions. It is also known (alongside Kuwait) for sawt music, a bluesy genre influenced by African, Indian and Persian music.
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Egyptian music has been an integral part of Egyptian culture since ancient times. The ancient Egyptians credited the god Thoth with the invention of music, which Osiris in turn used as part of his effort to civilize the world.
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music of Iran has thousands of years of history dating back to the Neolithic age, as seen in the archeological evidence of Elam, one of the earliest world civilizations, which was located in southwestern Iran.
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Iraq is known primarily for an instrument called the oud (similar to a lute) and a rebab (similar to a fiddle); its stars include Ahmed Mukhtar and the Assyrian Munir Bashir. Until the fall of Saddam Hussein, the most popular radio station was the Voice of Youth.
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Jewish and Israeli Music
(main article)
Religious music:'''
Historical • Contemporary
Piyyut • Nigun • Pizmonim
Zemirot • Baqashot
Secular music:
Israeli • Israeli Folk
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The music of Jordan can be distinguished from that of its neighboring countries like Syria and Saudi Arabia by its strong Bedouin influence [1]. Rural zajal songs, with improvised poetry played with a rabab and reed pipe ensemble accompanying is popular [2].
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Kuwait's musical traditions were well-recorded until the Gulf War, when Iraq invaded the country and destroyed the archive. Nevertheless, Kuwait has retained a vital music industry, both long before the war and after [1].
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lute. The word lute is an English word which came from the Spanish laud, the laud which originally came from the Arabic word and instrument al-ud (meaning the branch of wood).
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Libya is a North African country. Arabs are the most populous ethnic group and various kinds of Arab music are popular such as Andalusi music, locally known as Maluf, Chabi and Arab classical music.
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Morocco is inhabited mostly by Arabs along with Berbers and other minorities. Its music is predominantly Arab, but Andalusian and other imported influences have had a major effect on the country's musical character.
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Oman is an Arab country located on the Arabian Peninsula. The country's coastal location has had an important effect on its musical heritage, with Omani sailors interacting with, and bringing back music from, Egypt, Tanzania and elsewhere.
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Palestinian music (Arabic: موسيقى فلسطينية) is one of many regional sub-genres of Arabic music.
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