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This week I dive into Libya, a troubled but hugely historical country situated amongst the Sahara Desert.
After speaking to some new friends from Libya, I began to understand the complicated situation and history of this place. Within Libya there is little to no self-made pop music industry, but various kinds of Arab music are popular, such as Andalusi music, locally known as Ma'luf, Chabi, not to mention Arab classical music, and Libyan Reggae which came to the surface in the 90’s.
Native voice recorded by the wonderful: Aseelelhame
Special thanks to: Mohammed talaia, Khaled and Eisha for the help!
Ahmed Fakrun - Nisyan
Hamid El Shaeri - Reet (Habibi Funk VA)
Ahmed Fakrun - La-Ya-Hob
Unknown Artist - Car (Autotune The World Tape)
Unknown Artist - Cheb Ziram (Autotune The World Tape)
Unknown Artist - Souranahe Lylo (Autotune The World Tape)
Ahmed Fakrun - Soleil Soleil
Hamid El Shari - Awda
La quête - The quest
Walid Gholmieh - Ghadames
Les yeux de lennemi en seront éblouis
Lâme soeur - The Soul Sister
Musical history and styles
In the south the Tuareg (Berber) have their own distinctive folk music. They play a one-stringed violin called an anzad, as well as a variety of drums.
Two of the most famous musicians of Libya are Ahmed Fakroun and Mohammed Hassan.
Rhythmic clapping is also common in Libyan folk music.
Traveling Bedouin poet-singers have spread many popular songs across Libya. Among their styles is Huda, the camel driver's song, the rhythm of which is said to mimic the feet of a walking camel.
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