Tuesday, 15 May 2018

Haj Abderrahman ben Moussa (1908-1997) - Complete Qur'an on 60 cassettes published in Morocco, probably in the late 1980s - First set: cassettes 1 to 30

We post here - to celebrate the holy month of Ramadan - a complete Qur'an on 60 cassettes, recited by the outstanding Moroccan Qari (reciter) Haj Abderrahmane ben Moussa. In 2011 we had posted the first and last volume of this series in mp3 format. We also posted over the years a series of six volumes from a different series. See here. Now we post all 60 cassettes in flac and (better) mp3 formats.

Haj Abderrahmane ben Moussa (Abdul Rahman Benmoussa) recited in an old style, based on so-called Andalusian melodies. His recitations had a very refined musical and contemplative beauty. In this he was truly outstanding. I never heard any other reciter reciting his way. Nowadays this way of reciting seems to have disappeared. I had once an Algerian friend staying in our house. When he saw these Qur'an cassettes, he asked me to put on one of the cassettes. When he heard it he was very touched and happy. He said that this was the kind of recitation he used to hear in his childhood and that he had not heard it since decades. This friend talked to me about the beauty of these so-called Andalusian melodies, which are used in Arabo-Andalusian music, but even more so in Sama', the singing of spiritual or mystical poems of the Sufis, and by Haj Abderrahmane ben Moussa in Qur'an recitation. These are only known in Morocco and Algeria. Today one hears them only in the circles of very traditional Sufi orders.

"His full name is Abdul Rahman bin Ahmed bin Mohammed bin al-Bashir Benmoussi Hamasani Hasnawi Salawi, born in the city of Salé on August 28, 1908. Abdurrahman Benmoussa grew up in Beit Alam, where his father, the scholar Ahmed Benmoussa, was a jurist and modernizer. The memorization of the Qur'an was directed by Sheikh Abdul Hadi Ateobi, as taught to a group of elders such as Mr. Ahmed bin Abdul Nabi and Sheikh Abu Shuaib Aldakali and Mohammed bin Arabi Alawi. For a while he was at the service of King Mohammed V. Haji Abdurrahman Benmoussa used to pray in Ramadan with the king, his sons and his clan. In the framework of the construction of the Mulawiya school, Muhammad V commissioned him to teach the then crown prince Hassan II. Al- Sadeq Ma'nino (the former director of the Moroccan TV) said: The more difficult things were for King Mohammed V and the conspiracies of colonialism affected him and brought him into a state of distress, he would call Professor Abdurrahman Benmoussi to sit beside him and recite the Qur'an and recite a collection of verses. When King Mohammed V was banished to Madagascar he returned to the city of Salé. People got to know his voice through national radio, and then they got to know his image through Moroccan television in the early 1960s, which he opened and sealed with verses from the Holy Quran."

Here a short documentary in Arabic:

Vol. 5 - flac
Vol. 5 - mp3

Vol. 6 - flac
Vol. 6 - mp3

Vol. 10 - flac
Vol. 10 - mp3

Vol. 11 - flac
Vol. 11 - mp3

Vol. 12 - mp3

Vol. 13 - flac
Vol. 13 - mp3

Vol. 14 - flac
Vol. 14 - mp3

Vol. 16 - flac
Vol. 16 - mp3

Vol. 17 - flac
Vol. 17 - mp3

Vol. 18 - flac
Vol. 18 - mp3

Vol. 19 - flac
Vol. 19 - mp3

Vol. 20 - flac
Vol. 20 - mp3

Vol. 21 - flac
Vol. 21 - mp3

Vol. 22 - flac
Vol. 22 - mp3

Vol. 23 - flac
Vol. 23 - mp3

Vol 24 -flac
Vol. 24 - mp3

Vol. 25 - flac
Vol. 25 - mp3

Vol. 26 - flac
Vol. 26 - mp3

Vol. 27 - flac
Vol. 27 - mp3

Vol. 28 - flac
Vol. 28 - mp3

Vol. 29 - flac
Vol. 29 - mp3

Vol. 30 - flac
Vol. 30 - mp3

The second set we will post in about a week or 10 days, insha'Allah.

Monday, 14 May 2018

Ravi Shankar - Music from India Series - Vol. 8 - Raga Nata Bhairav & Raga Mishra Piloo - LP published in 1968 in UK

Here we post another beautiful LP by Ravi Shankar, also from the Music from India Series. The recordings sound as if they were recorded in the same recording session as the LP we posted before. This also was, since I bought it in the early 1970s, one of my favourite Ravi Shankar LPs. The Mishra Piloo is such a beautiful and amazing piece of music!

Friday, 11 May 2018

Ravi Shankar - Music from India - Raga Khamaj & Raga Lalit - LP published in 1967 in India and UK

Here one of my favourite Ravi Shankar LPs. It was published first in UK in 1967 as volume 4 of the Music of India Series. Our version was released the same year in India.

Tuesday, 8 May 2018

Nikhil Banerjee - Le Sitar du Pandit Nikhil Banerjee - Raga Patdeep - LP published in France in 1985

Here we present a quite rare LP by Nikhil Banerjee. The same recordings were also released on CD in 1988. Both editions were not widely distributed and only for a quite short period available.

Sunday, 6 May 2018

Nikhil Banerjee - Shriram Shankarlal Music Festival - Copy of a rare CD published in India

The Shriram Shankarlal Music Festival in Delhi is one of the oldest festivals of classical Indian music in India. Many of the concerts the visitors of the festival can later buy as a CD, produced by the festival itself. These CDs can only be bought during the festival and are often sold out quite fast. There is no other way to obtain them. That is the reason why they are very rare and very little known. 
Here we present exceptionally a rare CD by Nikhil Banerjee published by the festival. In the future we might post some more of these CDs, but this one is the only one by Nikhil Banerjee we have. Since quite a number of years this CD or any others by Nikhil Banerjee are no longer offered for sale at the festival. Our friend KF made for us a copy of the CD he had bought years ago at the festival. Many thanks to him.

1. Raga Darbari (46:19)
2. Raga Kirvani (24:54)

Friday, 4 May 2018

Ramesh Prem - Vichitra Veena - AIR recordings

Here we present two beautiful recordings from the Archives of all India Radio. We recorded them in november 2017 from Raagam, the internet radio channel of AIR, which broadcasts 24 hours 7 days a week classical Indian music from the archives of AIR.
In 2013 we posted a private CD by Ramesh Prem, containing an EP and another AIR program by the artist.
A friend made these covers for these recordings. Many thanks to him.