You are viewing a unique instrumental collection of 15 Christmas songs on the CD, "Brothers of the Baladi - A Time of Peace", performed on traditional acoustic Middle Eastern instruments (kanoon, ney, oud, bouzouk, zurna, darbuka/tabla, zarb, riq, def & davul) in the true spirit of the Holidays. Perform a unique holiday belly dance or just kick back and enjoy with friends as holiday background music. The Brothers have an awesome reputation of producing some wonderful music for dancers, and instructors alike. Listen to a few clips... See if you like this CD as much as we do. We carry a wide variety of dance, yoga, and exercise instruction DVDs, in addition to 1000s of Middle Eastern, New Age, Native American, Healing, and World Music CDs.
Brothers of the Baladi ~ A Time of Peace CD Christmas Songs ... Middle Eastern Instruments
The world has embraced Celtic, Latin and other hybrid music genres. Now a new fusion of Middle Eastern music is available.
Led by founder/drummer/percussionist Michael Beach, Brothers of the Baladi present 15 Christmas songs from various European sources played on the Kanoon, a 76 stringed zither-like instrument - as well as the Arabic Oud, Turkish Ney [flute], Bouzouk, the double reeded Mizmar and acoustic fretless Bass. Each carol rides to the rhythms of the Middle East [with traditonal drums doumbek/darbuka, def, riq & tabl beledi] as never heard before. The melodies find natural counterpoints and turns in the interpretations that each player adds and each instrument demands.
Ishmael, a master of the Kanoon, creates beautifully complex runs on We Three Kings, while the haunting ney/flute of Steve Flynn on Silent Night evokes the vast desert horizons. The oud solo by Stephen Skaggs pays honor to the instrument's descendent, the English lute, on A Coventry Carol.
If a cold desert night were bathed by the light of the Crescent Moon and the Wiseman's Star; if the sounds of string, flute and drum silenced the anxious cries of battle; it would be a night when warriors of different faiths would share the melodies of their homelands and of Holy Days long ago. It would be a Night of Harmony and A Time of Peace.
...click on link to hear a short sample... and see if this CD is right for you... Complete Track Listing and Audio Samples
01. Deck the Halls
02. We Three Kings
03. Oh Little Town of Bethlehem
04. Oh Come All Ye Faithful
05. Coventry Carol
06. Oh Tannenbaum
07. Good King Wenceslas
08. Little Drummer Boy
09. Joy to the World
10. Angels We Have Heard on High
11. Silent Night
12. Hark the Herald Angels Sing
13. It Came Upon a Midnight Clear
14. Away in a Manger
15. The First Noel
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Brothers of the Baladi Bio
Since the beginning (1975), their filial bond has been the music. First known internationally for their traditional Middle-Eastern recordings, the Brothers no...