What makes Khaleeji rhythms swing?
February 23, 2019
This presentation explores the intricacies of rhythms from the Gulf, specifically why most of them have a certain 'swing' element. It draws on historical sources highlighting the history of slave trade in the region, imported instruments, musical traditions and swinging rhythms. The presentation features an overview of the most important African-influenced Khaleeji rhythms, from the UAE via Saudi Arabia to Yemen, and includes some examples of their contemporary interpretations. Today's most striking fusion projects blend Khaleeji rhythms with other related styles as for instance Jazz or Cuban music, which all share a similar language influenced by the history of slave trade with Africa.
Sources & Future References
Lisa Urkevich: Music and Traditions of the Arabian Peninsula, 2015
Tarek Yamani & Rony Afif: The Percussion Ensemble of the Arabian Peninsula, 2017
Jerzy Zdanowski: Slavery in the Gulf in the First Half of the 20th Century
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