- May 13 2012Rhythm is the key factor, the fundamental meaning to any song. Rhythm is what orchestrates how fast or slow the entourage of instruments are played. It is the decisive factor to the characteristics of how a song means to the player and listener. But in middle-eastern music and culture, rhythm is THE conductor because the darbuka is not only an instrument that sets the beats but it sets the mood as well. Today we will discuss three rhythms used in both modern and olden day pieces; Malfuf, Maksum and Baladi.
Not everyone is always interested in the latest and cutting edge technological breakthroughs when it comes to instrument making. We discussed in previous blogs about the accuracy, professionalism and sound that comes out of synthetically built instruments such as the oud and darbuka, but some players no matter what you tell them, show them even compare with, they always look into techniques and methods that are old school and naturally hand crafted. Why? Because some critics say that even though you can synthesize the sound of an instrument, you will never be able to clone its soul.
- Jan 12 2012
Previously we discussed a brief history on the darbuka, or as commonly known in Egypt and other Arab countries as the tabla. We already introduced to you our Gawharet El Fan brand of darbukas. Today we would like to introduce to you our other fantastic brands of darbuka designed and hand crafted by Egy Gawhara. Egy Gawhara is one of the pioneers in Egyptian darbuka manufacturing as they have over 30 years experience in the field of producing these fine instruments and Egy Gawhara was originally a partner and founder of Gawharet El Fan till they decided to branch out in 2005. So you get the experience and diversity of one of the most beautifully designed instruments coming out of Egypt.
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