This is Abdel Salam Al Hassani official website for his repertoire of classical Arabic songs and performances in Europe. Here you can learn about his current albums and you can also acquire tickets for his concerts in Europe.
If you want to see more about his art, which include different kinds of music, nasheeds, and spiritual writings, you can also visit his website devoted to the Arab public: www.abdesalam.com
Arab classical music
Arab music was already consolidated as such by the ninth century. Arab musicians counted with a long musical history recorded in writing and an extensive repertoire of songs. The particularity of Arabic music is that its musical scale has quartertones, which are smaller tonal unities than the semitones of Western music. This allows Arab musicians to play around notes with more liberty and to achieve higher melodic variations. Arab music is very varied, but a common feature is its melodic and improvisational character.
The basic musical element is the maqam or mode, which designates the pitch of the musical scale. There are more than ten modes in Arab music and, in contrast with Western music, the rhythm can be freely modified and variations can be easily introduced.
Another important element is the maqamat, which indicated different states of feeling, like passionate admiration (bayati) and mourning (saba or hijaz). Therefore improvisation is key to Arab music, because the artist is not looking for technical perfection but for the soul of the song, the emotion and feelings it conveys.
In the Eastern Arab world, the waslat is one of the main classical music forms. A maqam is played with different compositions and vocal and instrumental improvisations. At the beginning, a bashraf or sama'i is played by the orchestra. They are similar to Western overtures, but they vary in rythm. Then there come the songs, which are followed by the taqsim: instrumental improvised solos. The vocal pieces generally sing
Middle Ages poems.
The nouba, an Arabic-Andalusian form, is most prevalent in northern Africa, specially in the Maghreb region: Algeria, Libya, Tunisia and Morocco. The nouba has a large scale and various musical themes; it consists of five parts or mizan, which have different rhythmic patterns.
The song is essential in Arabic music, which is almost never only instrumental. That is why singers are key elements of musical groups, because the beauty of the music depends on their vocal capacity and their musical talent. The singer needs to have sensitivity and a powerful voice to help the orchestra create the tarab: a euphoric mood that transports the whole audience into a state of exhilaration.
Traditional Arab singers generally know how to recite the Koran and they sing chants called nasheed. The traditional orchestra, called al tacht, consists of three main instruments: the nay, the qanoun and the oud. Later on other instruments were added, such as the kamanija and the Arab violin. Percussion instruments are also added to the orchestra: the riq, the darbouka and the daf.
Twentieth and twenty-first century music
At the beginning of the 20th century, most of the well known Arab musicians came from Syria, Lebanon or Egypt, but from the second half of the 20th century, thanks to the development of mass media communication, artists from other Arab countries started to be known around the globe. Jordanian and Iraqi music started to be listened abroad, as well as Yemeni and Khaleej music, and Moroccan and Tunisian music became some of the favorites in the Western world.
Abdel Salam Al Hassani started singing in 1994, and since then he has gained popularity in Marocco and Egypt, a well as other African countries. He has also sung in front of large audiences in the United States, where he has annual performances. He is now bringing the traditional Arab music to Europe for everyone to be able to know more about the rich Arabic culture. He is also a spiritual singer who carries the emotion of Islam in his voice and whose songs convey the Muslim message of adoration to Allah. His songs reflect the warmth and spiritual passion of his spirit, and his live performances are a unique experience for his followers, as well as for those who see him for the first time. If you want to listen to some of his inspirational songs, go to the album section for free downloads. Also, if you want to organize concerts, events with the participation of the artist or meetings in multicultural centers, feel free to contact us.