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Old 24-07-2014, 01:52 AM   #564
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Lightbulb Gene Jinni

Pre-Islamic Arab music was similar to that of Ancient Middle Eastern music. Most historians agree that there existed distinct forms of music in the Arabian peninsula in the pre-Islamic period between the 5th and 7th century AD. Arab poets of that time—called shu`ara' al-Jahiliyah (شعراء الجاهلية) or "Jahili poets", meaning "the poets of the period of ignorance"—used to recite poems with a high notes..It was believed that Jinns revealed poems to poets and music to musicians..The choir at the time served as a pedagogic facility where the educated poets would recite their poems..Singing was not thought to be the work of these intellectuals and was instead entrusted to women with beautiful voices who would learn how to play some instruments used at that time such as the drum, the oud or the rebab, and perform the songs while respecting the poetic metre.. The compositions were simple and every singer would sing in a single maqam...Arabic maqam (مقام‎) is the system of melodic modes used in traditional Arabic music, which is mainly melodic. The word maqam in Arabic means place, location or position. The Arabic maqam is a melody type.. It is "a technique of improvisation" that defines the pitches, patterns, and development of a piece of music and which is "unique to Arabian art music"... women washing in the hot springs,Sheltered in the evergreen palms,Weaving baskets,Cooking, sewing, scampering after the herds,Of days filled with toil.. The warm cardamom scented breezeCarrying the fresh coffee aroma,Warming, sizzling in the golden hooked pots To the young giggling girls Shyly peeking from behind the partitioned tent walls..Flames flickering in the pit Wood slowly consumed, sparks flying,Dancing to the strain: ‘dana, ya dan dan’...
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