Sufi Chanting From Syria: Dhikr Qâdirî Khâlwatî

Performers Cantors of the Zâwiya Hilaliya, Aleppo

February 11, 2003 | Compact Disc

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Performers include: Cantors Of The Zawiya Hilaliya, Aleppo, Muhammad Hakim.
Recorded live at Maison Des Cultures Du Monde, Paris, France on March 22, 2001.
Every Friday afternoon in Jalhoum, a neighborhood of the old city of Aleppo, Syria, the Sufi cantors of the zƒwiya hilaliya (the prayer room) sing the Dhikr QƒdirŒ KhƒlwatŒ, a Muslim ceremony consisting of a trance-inducing remembrance of God. Mystical in essence, exhilarating when performed with the intended fervor (and including body movements and breathing designed to induce hyperventilation), the Dhikr is one of the most captivating forms of religious music Islam has to offer. Here, Muhammad Hakim leads ten singers in the prayers and chants that usually constitute the ceremony. Recorded at the fifth Festival de l'Imaginaire (France), this is not the ceremony itself, as the spiritual leader of the congregation declined the invitation, but the performance doesn't appear to lose anything from its lack of official sanctity. The songs are heartwarming, their melodies contagious. The drone produced by the repetition of certain sentences by some members of the group provides a hypnotic backdrop that pushes the music to stunning climaxes. The 18-minute "Maqs-m" is irresistible in its ecstatic drive, yielding an inspired solo from Hakim before grinding to a halt. The singers are unaccompanied, except for Hakim's occasional handclapping or frame drum, but the richness of the vocal arrangements (which hold more than a passing similarity to Gregorian chant) and the powerful delivery would make any other instrumental contribution sound feeble in comparison. This truly is an astounding album. The sound quality is excellent. ~ Fran‡ois Couture

Format: Compact Disc

Released Date: February 11, 2003

Genre: Syrian

Style: International

Number of Discs: 1

UPC: 3298492601097

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Sufi Chanting From Syria: Dhikr Qâdirî Khâlwatî

Sufi Chanting From Syria: Dhikr Qâdirî Khâlwatî

Performers Cantors of the Zâwiya Hilaliya, Aleppo

Format: Compact Disc

Released Date: February 11, 2003

Genre: Syrian

Style: International

Number of Discs: 1

UPC: 3298492601097


Title Track Time
1.Overture / Opening --
2.Rakza --
3.Musaddar --
4.Maqsum --
5.At-Taraqqi --
6.As-Sawi --
7.Khummari --
8.Dandana --

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Performers include: Cantors Of The Zawiya Hilaliya, Aleppo, Muhammad Hakim.
Recorded live at Maison Des Cultures Du Monde, Paris, France on March 22, 2001.
Every Friday afternoon in Jalhoum, a neighborhood of the old city of Aleppo, Syria, the Sufi cantors of the zƒwiya hilaliya (the prayer room) sing the Dhikr QƒdirŒ KhƒlwatŒ, a Muslim ceremony consisting of a trance-inducing remembrance of God. Mystical in essence, exhilarating when performed with the intended fervor (and including body movements and breathing designed to induce hyperventilation), the Dhikr is one of the most captivating forms of religious music Islam has to offer. Here, Muhammad Hakim leads ten singers in the prayers and chants that usually constitute the ceremony. Recorded at the fifth Festival de l'Imaginaire (France), this is not the ceremony itself, as the spiritual leader of the congregation declined the invitation, but the performance doesn't appear to lose anything from its lack of official sanctity. The songs are heartwarming, their melodies contagious. The drone produced by the repetition of certain sentences by some members of the group provides a hypnotic backdrop that pushes the music to stunning climaxes. The 18-minute "Maqs-m" is irresistible in its ecstatic drive, yielding an inspired solo from Hakim before grinding to a halt. The singers are unaccompanied, except for Hakim's occasional handclapping or frame drum, but the richness of the vocal arrangements (which hold more than a passing similarity to Gregorian chant) and the powerful delivery would make any other instrumental contribution sound feeble in comparison. This truly is an astounding album. The sound quality is excellent. ~ Fran‡ois Couture
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