Friday, March 09, 2007
The Sheikh as Musician
The burning of music stores in Gaza in the name of religion reminded me of the historical fact that some of the great musicians of Arabic music were religiously-trained sheikhs. I'm thinking here of Sheikh Salamah Hijazi, Sheikh Imam, Zakariya Ahmad and the ever popular Sheikh Sayyid Darwish.Those artists didn't see a conflict between their religious training and beliefs and their making music.
Sheikh Sayyed Makkawi, blind since childhood, is among them. Here's one of his songs. It's called "Balash Me3anda" (don't be stubborn)
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