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Music Sites & Articles

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Arabic instruments Maqam World has a range of articles including some non-technical articles on traditional and Arabized instruments
Jas' Middle Eastern Rhythms This site lists many well known rhythms - each with a few variations. It also has .wav and midi files for each rhythm - so you can listen to how it should sound. This version uses Dum Tek notation but there is also a version of the site using conventional musical notation (click on English Graphical to switch).
Umm Kolthoum Umm Kolthoum introduced a new approach to singing in Egypt. She is held in high regard both for her beautiful voice and her patriotism.

General Cultural Sites & Articles

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Emirati Traditions Some traditions of the past and presentfrom the UAE.
Golden Age Dancers Information and photos of the Golden Age Dancers - Naima Akef, Taheyya Karioka, Samya Gamal, Hager Hamdy, plus Nagwa Fouad along with Badeia Masabny (Queen of the Nightclubs) and Farid Al Atrash (the great musician)

Arabic Language

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A Story Written with Arabic Idioms This brief story literally translated from the Lebanese is a wonderful way of realizing why it is difficult to translate Arabic songs into English. (And yes, there is also the equivalent English text)
Babel Arabic An online course. Basic phrases via RealPlayer, rules of transliteration, an introduction to written Arabic.


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