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A Muezzin calling from the top of a Minaret The Faithful to Prayer,
by Jean-Léon Gérôme (1824 – 1904)
THE CALL TO PRAYER PROJECT
A Tribute to the Umma of muslims.
Original Idea & edition, deodac
The adhan or azan
Transliteration adan, azaan, adhaan, azan, athan, athaan, adhane, ezan (turkish), and many more.
Translation: call to prayer, appel à la prière
The Muslim Call to Prayer by the Muezzin from the minaret of the Mosque to the Faithful.
A journey from the origins of the practice of so-called East, to al-Andalus, beyond time and space,
and in different sorts of sound environments and recording conditions.
This Project features a selection of slightly over 1.500 tracks the many forms of the Muslim Call to Prayer
gathered along 20 months of work from all the corners of our loving Internets.
The words are always the same but on each track the melody follows one
of the many musical scales (maqam) and reflects the emotional expression of the chanter,
The sunni adhan
The shi'a adhan
The Adhan, the public call to ritual prayer or salât, is, as the very prayer, a rite, that is,
an operational requirement of non-human origin, inspired by God. According to tradition,
two of the Companions of the Prophet Muhammad dreamed at the same time the Adhan formula,
and the way it had to be carried out, being Bilal, a former black freed slave,
the Companion chosen by the Messenger from Heaven to first undertake
the new role of announcer of the time for prayer.
Says Rumi in his Mathnawi (Book I, Poem 1985):
"The Spirit is perfection and his call is perfection.
The Chosen One (Muhammad) used to say: "Comfort us, Bilal!
Oh Bilal, raise your melodious voice
from that breath that I breathed into your heart,
from that breath by which Adam was dumbfounded
and the minds of the inhabitants of Heaven
were reduced to nothing!".
Throughout the Islamic world, the stylistic variety in the adhan
depends on the "spirit" of the law school at each site.
In Morocco and Algeria, for example, is usually done in a sober, almost monotonous way,
according to the temperament of the malikî school, which forms the majority in those countries.
In the Middle East, where there are other schools, such as Hanafi, the prevailing,
more "flowery" styles are used, and brilliant, musically speaking.
Traditionally, the muezzin, which should not collect any salary for performing his function,
when calling the faithful, shall be in a state of ritual purity, standing in the direction of Mecca,
and shall make the call with his hands on the ears, turning from right to left. But in any case,
the only prerequisite is the proper articulation of the phrases that make up the so-called ritual,
perfectly understandable to all the Faithful who might listen.
ABOUT THIS TORRENT
There are +1500 tracks, overall, in all possible Mp3 bitrates.
Bear in mind that an extremely low bitrate, could in fact hide a extremely beautiful adhan as well,
and / or be from the most prestigious classical arabic music forum there is in the Web,
which boast a medium sized collection of some old and rare recordings and has i this project a folder of its own.
The MAIN folders are:
CVs Contains all covers available, some hundreds,
in thumb size 200x200, though some of the tracks contain artwork of higher quality, as metadata.
As a rule, you should always check the internal comments of every track, as many have been heavily edited.
And to do so, because this torrent was created with iTunes,
and only after completion extracted from it to arrange it for uploading in the bittorrent protocol,
this torrent is also best viewed from / with that Apple application,
regardless of your personal tastes, IMHO.
MMc Madrid's M-30 Central Mosque Muezzin,
Imam Hussam Khoja's Private Adhan Collection (159 tracks): Personal Communication.
CAs are whole, full cassette releases
devoted to the subject of this project, the Call to Prayer.
CDs, likewise, are CDs entirely dealing with the Call.
Whereas WBs are forms of the call, principally pure,
without any musical arrangement, downloaded directly from the Web,
from multiple sources, blogs, forums, trackers, usenet, The Internet Archive, Ed2k Net, etc, etc
whose source's names are clearly identified to each by a subfolder of their own.
I'd say The Call To Prayer as a pure monodic chant, without music, constitutes
around 80% of the total tracks presented here to you.
I have also chosen this time to lessen a bit the doubtless musical homogeneity of this project,
by also stocking and arranging that 20% of tracks remaining,
a wide variety of more or less related pieces.
Those tracks are stored in the folder CDp (CD Picks)
although quite a few of them could be considered pure forms of the chant as well,
as they are included here ONLY because their source are CDs that are not in their entirety devoted to this Project's subject.
They have been extracted from a full release that, commonly, may not even deal with an islamic repertory.
In this order, we could find in this folder many curiosities, in all sorts of musical genres,
from folk and jazz, to trance and electronic, from classical and opera, to hip hop and new age,
from ambient and experimental music, to flamenco, early musics, or pop-rock.
There is even a a folder here, that contains only a handful of tracks which sort of represent people unlike this torrent lover's,
individuals who have tried to use the adhan to communicate their hate in an spurious, useless way,
if we regard the tradition we are dealing here, its beauty, and the 1700 million people that just think otherwise.
I though it was wise to include them as well so we may be aware of the fact, musically speaking.
LASTLY there is a BONUS FOLDER, BOs,
which contains some agreeable full releases that I have found over the months
while scouting for this project, and that don't quite disrespect this torrent's music.
Again, to ease and compete a bit the extremely numerous adhans we have now together.
You'll be surprised to find here a folder that contains the songs, or chants, of the humpback whale.
They are here, because, as the adhan, I consider them to be one of the few really exquisite forms
of simple communication among the species that populate the earth,
and, in their infinite resounding below the oceans,
as the adhan has been on the surface for well over a millennia,
they communicate a mistery and an enigmatic beauty
that is deeper than our knowledge, present, and even the far future's.
NOSTALGICA, my pardner here, @ DEMONOID
FILM DIRECTOR, ANNA KIPERVASER
Her new filming project Voices & Faces of the Adhan
is presently filming at Cairo after some years on the preparations.
I have included a PDFs folder t include it, besides the Adhan partiture,
though ALL the adhans available NOW from this filming project, have their own subfolder
Cambridge World Oral Literature Project, under CDpicks,
a page where they were initially deployed as a sample.
IMAM HUSSAM KHOJA, Madrid's Resident Muezzin in its Principal Mosque.
Thank you for your wisdom and willingness.
I feel obliged, and will return the favour.
A dedicated administrator of the best classical arabic forum,
of which I had the tremendous honour of being a member for a while.
Thank you Abu.
His is a rare palestinian full Adhan Cassete release bought in an open market at Gaza in 2006.
The hardest piece to input in this project, by Far LoL
ABDEL, administrator of the amazing Forum THE SILENCE HAS A VOICE
And ALL my friends at my Early Music Forum.
AND lastly, a dedicated sharer and music lover:
AMBROSEBIERCE and his world wild bunch,
because they ALL expressed their sincere interest and thus helped me to go on.
The Muezzin (1866); oil on canvas (64.5 x 81 cm), by Jean-Léon Gérôme;
Francis T.B. Martin collection (Omaha, Nebraska, United States)
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Call to Prayer, Cairo (ca. 1870), by Jean-Léon Gérôme; oil on canvas.`