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The Hours

Friday 9 July 2004 22:20-0:35 (Radio 3)

Fiona Talkington is joined by Verity Sharp in the Lady Chapel for a global selection of devotional music. Their guests include the sufi group The Nizami Brothers from Old Delhi, the devotional singer Alemu Aga from Ethiopia who also plays the beguena a traditional and sacred harp, and, from Senegal in West Africa, the mystic Laye Sow who combines songs of the Muslim brotherhoods with blues guitar. Plus, psalms, lamentations and religious ballads from Welsh group Bragod, Southern Indian devotional songs from UK-based vocalist Manorama Prasad, and organ versets played by Ian Tracey on the cathedral's famous and enormous Father Willis organ.


2 hours 15 minutes


Presented by Fiona Talkington and Verity Sharp
Producer: James Parkin

Prince Far I: The Lord's Prayer (1.50)
album: Psalms for i
Pressure Sounds PSCD35
See also http://www.princefari.com/; http://www.pressure.co.uk/pressuresounds/

Alèmu Aga: Abatchin Hoy - The Lord's Prayer; Tew se Magna Hagere (10.00)
Alèmu Aga (voice and begena) lives in Ethiopia. The begena that Alèmu plays is the oldest of Ethiopia's musical instruments, and is said to be a direct descendant of the harp played by King David to soothe his father-in-law Saul.
See also http://www.budamusique.com/

One religion for whom the passing of time is particularly important is Hinduism. Hindu worship, however, can be something of a mystery to a casual observer, although there’s one movement which has proved itself very attractive to those seeking enlightenment from the East and that's the Society for Krishna Consciousness, or Hare Krishnas. Krishna Dharma is one such devotee, and he guides us through the evening ritual of "Arti" in the shrine at their headquarters in the UK, Bhaktivedanta Manor.
Tape: Krishna Dharma of Bhaktivedanta (2.55)
See also http://www.iskcon.org.uk/manor/

Manorama Prasad: 3 Songs In Praise of Lord Shiva (14.00)
Manorama Prasad (voice); M Balachandar (mridangam - double sided drum); Balu Raghuraman (violin)
Manorama Prasad sings in the Carnatic tradition, Carnatic music being the classical music of Southern India.

The Burning Bush: Baym Rebins Sude (at the Rabbi's table) (4.00)
album: Music of the Old Jewish World
ARC Music EUCD 1788
See also http://www.theburningbush.co.uk/

Nizami Brothers: Kol (13.00)
Ghulam Sabir Nizami (lead vocal); Mohd Akbar Nizami (lead vocal/harmonium); Mohd Yousuf Nizami (chorus/harmonium); Ghulam Waris Nizami (dholak); Inayat Hussain (tabla); Ghulam Rasool, Wajahat Hussain Khan (chorus)
The Nizami Brothers, from Old Delhi in India, are a Qawwali group, Qawwali being devotional music of Sufism: a mystic branch of Islam. 'Qawwal' is Arabic for 'belief'.
See also http://www.amc.org.uk/

Ian Tracey: Organ Improvisation based on Kol (3.55)
Ian Tracey is the Organist and Master of the Choristers at Liverpool Cathedral
See also http://www.livcathorgan.homestead.com/lcoindex.html
The Sufi tradition is a movement in Islam which has found expression in various ways. Essentially it emphasises the deep involvement and experience of the worshipper, and it has a mystical dimension too. We went along to a newly formed Sufi group which is learning about chanting, to hear from one of its members, Qaisra Khan.

Tape: Qaisra Khan (2.20)
Laye Sow: Mauritania; Aduna; Jami Lo Laye Laye (15.00)
Laye Sow (vocals/guitar); Steve Marshall (acoustic guitar); Richard Caswell (electric guitar)
Laye Sowe is a Muslim Mystic from Senegal. He is also the cousin of Baaba Maal
See also http://www.jelitarafuta.com/layesow.htm

Made Grindem, Nyoman Grinding, Wayan Nyampuh and Made Lochang: Sekati (3.05)
Gamelan Music from Teges Kanyinan, Pliatan, Bali, played on the Gènder Wayang gamelan, recorded by Robert E Brown
album: Bali - Music for the Shadow Play
Nonesuch Explorer Series 7559-79718-2
See also http://www.nonesuch.com/Hi_Band/explorer_home.html

Bragod: Nym Mair (by Mary); Psalm 150 (10.00)
Mary-Anne Roberts (voice); Robert Evans (crwth/lyre/voice)
The crwth is an ancient North European lyre. Bragod are the only musical group performing renaissance Welsh music and poetry in a historically-informed setting.
See also http://www.bragod.com/home.html

Alèmu Aga: Aba Gragn Mole; Dagern Mitsat (10.00)
The crwth that Bragod were using is a relation of the begena played by Alèmu Aga
Bragod: Ys Daeth Crist; Balet Gymraeg (10.00)
The Blind Boys of Alabama: Good Religion (2.55)
Jimmy Carter, George Scott (lead vocals); Clarence Fountain, Joey Williams (vocals); John Hammond (dobro)
album: Spirit of the Century
RealWorld CDRW95
See also http://www.blindboys.com/; http://realworldrecords.com/

Choying Drolma and Steve Tibbetts: Ngani Tröma part 1 (2.15)
album: The Rough Guide to the Music of the Himalayas
World Music Network RGNET 1105 CD
Originally appeared on the album Chö (Hannibal HNCD1404)
Nizami Brothers: Sufi Qawwali Music (12.00)
Ian Tracey: Organ Improvisation (2.00)

See also www.liverpoolcathedral.org.uk/

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