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The Bedouin

Duration:
1 hour
First broadcast:
Saturday 15 September 2007

Moshe Morad goes deep into the southern desert, spending time with two Bedouin brothers, Hisham and Hashim, to find out what it means to be a Bedouin and learn about their ancient customs. He makes rare recordings of their hypnotic and beautiful music.

Music and featured items

19 items
Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes
  • Moshe Morad in the desert

    Moshe Morad opens the programme from the Wadi Rum in the desert, the home of the Bedouins.

  • Music Played

    • Image for Hisham Abu Muteq
      00:00

      Hisham Abu Muteq Walatini

      Performer: Hisham Abu Muteq (oud/vocal)

      BBC location recording - Moon Valley, Wadi Rum, 16 May 2007

  • Hisham Abu Muteq, the Bedouins and the oud.

    Hisham Abu Muteq tells Moshe about the Bedouins. He also plays the Oud in a sand storm.

  • Music Played

    • Image for Hisham Abu Muteq
      00:07

      Hisham Abu Muteq Oud Solo

      Performer: Hisham Abu Muteq (oud)

      BBC location recording - Moon Valley, Wadi Rum, 16 May 2007

  • A Hafla in the desert

    In the desert Moshe discovers a Hafla. Bedouin men sit on the sand playing and singing.

  • Music Played

    • Image for Bedouin Musicians in Jordan
      00:08

      Bedouin Musicians in Jordan Dehiya

      Performers: Hisham Abu Muteq (vocals/oud); Hashim Abu Muteq, Awad Mohamad (ouds); M'salm Abu Mohamad (rebaba/dance)

      BBC location recording - Wadi Rum, 15 May 2007

  • Bedouin music traditions

    Bedouin music traditions are explained. An old nomad Rebaba player and dancer performs.

  • Music Played

    • Image for Bedouin Musicians in Jordan
      00:17

      Bedouin Musicians in Jordan Temanita

      Performers: Hashim Abu Muteq, Hisham Abu Muteq (vocals/oud); Awad Mohamad (oud); M'salm Abu Mohamad (rebaba/dance)

      BBC location recording – Wadi Rum, 15 May 2007

  • The Rebaba and its "desert" sound

    M'salm Abu Mohamad demonstrates the rebaba and its special “desert” sound.

  • Music Played

    • Image for Hisham Abu Muteq & M'salm Abu Mohamad
      00:23

      Hisham Abu Muteq & M'salm Abu Mohamad Hgeni

      Performers: Hisham Abu Muteq (oud); M'salm Abu Mohamad (rebaba)

      BBC location recording - Moon Valley, Wadi Rum, 16 May 2007

    • Image for M'salm Abu Mohamad
      00:27

      M'salm Abu Mohamad Rebaba Demonstration

      BBC location recording - Wadi Rum, 15 May 2007

    • Image for Bedouin Musicians in Jordan
      00:28

      Bedouin Musicians in Jordan Latekadar

      Performers: Hashim Abu Muteq, Hisham Abu Muteq (vocals/oud); Awad Mohamad (oud); M'salm Abu Mohamad (rebaba/dance)

      BBC location recording - Wadi Rum, 15 May 2007

  • Bedouins discuss their traditions

    Bedouin hosts talk about their traditions around coffee, camels, story-telling and women.

  • Music Played

    • Image for Hisham Abu Muteq & Awad Mohamad
      00:38

      Hisham Abu Muteq & Awad Mohamad Improvised Oud Solo with Darbuka

      Performers: Hisham Abu Muteq (oud); Awad Mohamad (darbuka)

      BBC location recording - Moon Valley, Wadi Rum, 16 May 2007

  • The Shababa and Petra

    Moshe meets Bedouin shepherd who plays the shababa, a Bedouin shepherd flute.

  • Music Played

    • Image for Muhand Mohammad
      00:47

      Muhand Mohammad Improvised Shababa Solo

      BBC location recording - Petra, 17 May 2007

  • A Debka and the bagpipes

    Bedouin men sing, clap hands, play the Darbukka and Scottish bagpipes!

  • Music Played

    • Image for Bedouin Musicians at the Dead Sea
      00:50

      Bedouin Musicians at the Dead Sea Debke Dance Medley.

      Performers: Tarek Nawagi (bagpipes), Abas Nawagi, Abdullah Rakhman Amaren, Taleb Alumar

    • Image for Bedouin Musicians at the Dead Sea
      00:55

      Bedouin Musicians at the Dead Sea Deyiye

      Performers: Tarek Nawagi (bagpipes), Abas Nawagi, Abdullah Rakhman Amaren, Taleb Alumar

      BBC location recording – Dead Sea, 18 May 2007

  • Impromptu Studio

    Impromptu Studio

    Recording Studio on the bonnet of a 4x4 in a cave, Wadi Rum

  • Tarek Nawagi

    Tarek Nawagi

    Tarek Nawagi plays his bagpipes.

  • A Bedouin

    A Bedouin

    A Bedouin protects himself himself forma sand storm at Wadi Rum.

  • M'salem Abu Mohamed

    M'salem Abu Mohamed

    M'salem Abu Mohamed prepares his rebaba.

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