Thursday, March 5, 2009

Episode 13: My Musical Tastes

So this video is in response to blogger Shlomo ben Raphael. He made a comment on my meditation post concerning the music that I use, and my musical influences. This is part one of a two part discussion on how I have been influenced by music and how my culture influences my musical tastes.

See, I told you that the Chronicles of Ehav Ever would continue......


הצעיר שלמה בן רפאל לבית שריקי ס"ט said...

Oh, wow! I feel so honored! Thanks!

Yeah, that's a VERY diverse (musical) background to be coming from, though the best music usually comes from amalgamations of previous forms.

And, uh, the way the word "Maghr'b" is pronounced in Arabic, there really is no final vowel.

I was really unaware of that Yemenite emigration into the heart of Africa by the way; very novel to me..

Ehav Ever said...

No problem. Thanks for the topic suggestion. There will be a Part 2 dealing with what I would call the more modern influence.

In terms of the word Maghreb. In Amazigh Arabic there is more of a light seghol kind of vowel there. Often in English it is translaterated with an e or an i. In this dialect of Arabic the stress depends on the next word.

In terms of the migrations of Yemenites in West Africa. There are only a few books, from Mali, that talk about it. One migration was of two brothers, one of which he was only known as Zuwa al-Yaman. Another migration was of Said ibn-Nuwas. Most of these kinds of history are mentioned in the Tarikh es-Sudan and the Tarikh el-Fettash.

Anonymous said...

I plan to be visiting Israel in the next couple of weeks. I hope to pick up lots of music. Any suggestions? Last time I was there, the stores did not have listening stations so I nervous about buying.

Right now, I have Idan Rachiel, Hadag Nahash, Mosh ben Ari and the Diwan Project in my collection. (forgive any misspelling)

Ehav Ever said...

Hello Makeda,

It depends on what your tastes are. I for example listen to a lot of Yemenite and Moroccan stuff. You may want to go to and search for music you like. Many of their CD's have a listen button where you can hear clips of various songs.

Finding music here is going to depend on the location and whether they are simply selling more modern pop music of a wider range.

Miriam said...

Great taste! I enjoy these type of music but I only know of Galpaz for buying music and the store at the corner of kikar Shabbat