Various

Zār: Songs For The Spirits

Format: 2xLP, Gatefold
Release Year: 2021

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Zār is a possession cult practised on the outskirts of the rapidly modernising societies of North Africa and the Middle East. It could be perceived as a healing practice. However, the first stage of dealing with illness is always diagnosis, which in zar is made using music. Songs and rhythms form a bridge between the two worlds. Consecutive rhythms are used to establish which spirit is being dealt with, and the initiate responds with rhythmic body movements called tafqir. The hypnotic rhythm increases until, usually about 30 minutes in, the dance turns into a trance in which the dancer’s personality merges completely with that of the spirit.

Listen to: Zār: Songs For The Spirits by Various
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A1. Madiha Abu Laila - Mamma Sultan
07:38
A2. Hassan Bergamon – Rakousha
05:25
A3. Hanan – Gado
01:44
A4. Abdalla Mansur – Abdalla Zar
02:27
A5. Madiha Abu Laila - Yawra Bey
04:45
B1. Hassan Bergamon - Gamal Banat
06:37
B2. Hassan Rango Rhythm - Yawra Bey
01:33
B3. Hassan Bergamon - Harbeya
05:10
B4. Madiha Abu Laila - Betel il Habash
04:47
B5. Abdalla Mansur - Gado
01:45
C1. El Hadra Abul Gheit - Gheitaniya Zār Rec 1
09:51
C2. El Hadra Abul Gheit - Gheitaniya Zār Rec 2
07:12
C3. El Hadra Abul Gheit - Gheitaniya Zār Rec 3
04:05
D1. El Hadra Abul Gheit - Gheitaniya Zār Rec 4
19:45
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