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Ustad Mohammad Omar Ustad Mohammad Omar: Virtuoso from Afghanistan SFW40439 CD
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FormatAudio CD
Ordering NumberSFW40439
labelSmithsonian Folkways
Release date04/02/2013
Release date23/04/2002

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      Afghan rebâb virtuoso Ustad Mohammad Omar, who was born sometime in the early 20th century, came to the United States in 1974 to Seattle’s University of Washington as an artist-in-residence in the ethnomusicology department. On November 18th, 1974, he gave his only U.S. concert, at the university’s Meany Hall. He was accompanied by 24-year-old Zakir Hussain, a budding Indian tabla player. Hussain went on to become a world-renowned tabla virtuoso. Ustad Mohammad Omar returned to Afghanistan after his year in Seattle and died in 1980.

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      CD 1
      • 1.Shakal and naghma in the melodic mode of emen (yeman) (Ustad Mohammad Omar)
      • 2.Shakal and naghma in the melodic mode of bopali (bhupali) (Ustad Mohammad Omar)
      • 3.Tabla solo in the rhythmic cycle of jhaptal (10-beat cycle) (Zakir Hussein)
      • 4.Shakal and naghma based on the melodic mode of pelo (pilu) (Ustad Mohammad Omar)
      • 5.Keliwali in the melodic mode of kastori (Ustad Mohammad Omar)