Performers: Khaled Alhafez (vocals, percussion), Tammam Alramadan (ney, vocals), Youssef Nassif (qanun, vocals), Fawaz Baker (double bass, vocals), Tarek Alsayed Yahya (oud, vocals)
Playing time: 67'12"
Recording date: January 2016 (Belgium); released: 2016
The Wajd ensemble was formed in Syria in 2009 by five musicians who later became refugees in Belgium. The program includes what are described as "lesser-known vocal and instrumental genres" added to more traditional pieces, and features a Sufi emphasis. Aleppo is portrayed in the brief liner notes as a major crossroads for Sufism, an emphasis reflected in the ensemble's style. (#14 is a riveting track in that context, and the longest on the album.)
Unattributed pieces above are labeled as "traditional."
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