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M.A. (Maksim) Latif

Researcher: "From Archive to Network: Syrian Music in the Jaap Kunst Audio Collection and Beyond"
Faculty of Humanities
Capaciteitsgroep Muziekwetenschap

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  • Nieuwe Doelenstraat 16-18
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  • Postbus 93058
    1090 BB Amsterdam
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  • Research Project

    Syrian traditional music is endangered and in diaspora espessialy now because of the war.

    In Amsterdam University (Jaap Kunst archive) I found more than 50 vinyl disc records form the Syrian city Aleppo that dates to approximately 1960s–1970s. These records contain traditional Syrian songs, such as: Qudūd Ḥalabiyya, Mawawīl, and others, sang by master singers such as: Muṣṭafā Māhir (1926- 2003), Muḥammad Khaīrī (1935-1981) , Muḥammad Abu Salmū (1925–?), Fatā Dajla and others with no information about them what so ever.

    Where and how the Syrian music is preserved? This project conceives a network archive to map, archive, analyze and show how some rare Syrian recordings are connected with other musical phenomena within the dispersed Syrian musical culture in rhizomatic manner.

    Fūg al-Nakhil–Qadduka al-Mayyās by Aleppo first [best] songster Mūṣṭafā Māhir
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