Classical Arabic Music Play List

Sep 29

This site, of course, takes its name from a pre-Islamic poet, Shanfaraa al-Azdi.  Part of the reason that led me to choose the name of an Arab poet is to honor my love of Arabic literature, something that I don’t have much time these days to pay appropriate homage to.  In a similar vein, however, I was able to put together a nice play list of classical Arab songs, much of the lyrics of which consist of classical Arabic poetry sung by various Arabic singers, some of whom began  their careers in the first-half of the twentieth century, e.g., Umm Kulthum, Layla Murad, Salima Murad, Asmahan, and Muhammad ‘Abd al-Wahhab, to contemporary singers, e.g., Fairuz (although she is now approaching the age, one would surmise, of a great-grandmother), Amina Aloui (Morocco), Sonia Mubarak (Tunisia), Lutfi Bushnaq (Tunisia), Fadia al-Haj and Wa’d Bouhassan (both from Lebanon, I believe).  I hope you will enjoy these songs as much as I do.

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