Halim El-Dabh has conducted ethnomusicological research in the Congo, Egypt, Ethiopia, Guinea, Mali, Morocco, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa, Sudan, and Zaire. Within the African Diaspora, his research also includes Brazil, Jamaica, and the United States.
He has written for African instruments and African themes. His works in opera, symphony, ballet, orchestra, chamber and electronic music are inspired from the heart of cultures in Africa and Asia. Information about his 300 works can be found through C. F. Peters Publishers and Broadcast Music Inc., both in New York City.
Presented here are selected pieces from El-Dabh's vast collection of studies, travels and performances by and with African peoples.
1. Amharinia Mazinkoand Voice 1963 Ethiopia 0:43
2. Gurage Women Vocal Percussion 1963 Ethiopia 1:00
3. Galla-Oromo Mazinko and Voice 1963 Ethiopia 1:24
4. Suhag Province. Zamrs - 1960 Egypt 1:41
Double Reed Wind Instruments and Flat Drum.
5. Bamako Village Musicians. 1967 Mali 1:42
African Marimbas and Shakers .
6. Kinshasa Region. Workers song. 1975 Zaire 1:47
7. Eritrean Song with Metal String Krar. 1964 Ethiopia 1:48
8. Shashamani Cowgirls Song 1963 Ethiopia 1:47
9. Bamako Village Life. 1967 Mali 2:27
Kora, Balafon and Metal Clappers
10. Boy's Shelala - Expressions of Courage. 1963 Ethiopia 2:40
From a period when Italy unsuccessfully invaded Ethiopia.
11. Tigrinia Love Song with Washint (flute) 1963 Ethiopia 2:49
12. Goma region. Workers song. 1975 Zaire 3:05
13. Ekonda Women of the Forest Region. 1975 Zaire 3:16
14. Dephtera with Ancient Ethiopian Harp (bagena). 1963 Ethiopia 3:52
Priest Reciting from Ethiopian Bibile.
15. Bamako.Paraban The Hunter. 1967 Mali 4:04
Song with Balafon, Shakers and Metal Clappers.
16. Ethiopian Monk Sings with Bagena. 1963 Ethiopia 4:17
17. Eritrean Steel String Krar. 1964 Ethiopia 4:27
18. BamakoVillage Celebration. 1967 Mali 5:47
19. Wollamo - Soddu. Unique Traditional Circle Drama. 1963 Ethiopia 6:43
20. Timbuktu Tuareg. Vocal with Guitar Like Khalem, 1967 Mali 18:58
Drums and Shakers.
Many thanks to all who helped make this work possible.