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"Those who had a home"

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And a portrait
of people
Hanging by a thread

They fell off the road of life
And were cushioned by the rocks
They fell
the way apricots fall
on little children
Where are my folks?
Where the windmill of sorrow, of my little bro'?
Where the kite of my sleep
Upon a rocking cradle

Wail, my heart
like bees
deep in a hive

Time has fallen
in between a hand and a cradle, rocking.

Ala Fein
Sabreen ([email protected])

Sabreen is an ensemble of Palestinian Arab musicians, lyricists, and sound technicians from Jerusalem who extol old-fashioned virtues of patience and steadfastness in song and performance. The instrumentation includes traditional kawal, oud, qanoon and hand drums augmented with classical contrebass, cello and violin. Sabreen is fronted by the accomplished, attractive, and highly ornamented voice of Kamilya Jubran, who swoons and trills fervently on all ten songs of this 44-minute recording.

"Those who had a home"
The topics include godly devotion, romantic desire and Palestinian freedom, and the writing displays great civility. What is most notable is the crafted arranging of instruments, employed with unique restraint. The oud or qanoon do not convey perpetual (either simple or flashy) accompaniment, but instead are presented in slow, fragmented and interlocked wholes in a style that might be termed 'Arab baroque.' Though recorded in a private studio, the production is spacious and airy, achieved with digital delay effects on some but not all instruments & voice. Soothing, and graceful, Ala Fein is an exceptional self-produced effort of modern, traditionally inflected Arab artistry. - Steve Taylor

Song: "Those who had a home"
(c)2000 Sabreen, used by permission

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