The Riqq الرق

Site dedicated to the the traditional tambourine of Egypt & the Levant (daf)


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We have lost Julien Jâlal Eddine Weiss

Posted on January 8, 2015 at 8:10 AM Comments comments (104)

This is very, VERY sad news. 

After two years of fighting and suffering with throat cancer, the French qanoun player, and co-founder of Ensemble Al Kîndi (with his close friend, Adel Shams El Din) and the heart and driving force of bringing Arabic Classical, Sufi, and Ottoman musics to the attention of the world, passed away peacefully in Paris at 3:00pm, January 2nd, 2015.

I'm too torn up about this to write more, so I am reposting here an...

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Michel Merhej Baklouk's Classical Riqq Technique is finally published for sale!!!!!!!

Posted on April 29, 2012 at 5:25 AM Comments comments (13)

Very Highly recommended for riqq players interested in not only playing the riqq correctly, but also on Arabic music of the 20th century,  the classical repetoire and the place, and importance of the riqq historically.

A Basic Discography for Riqq Players

Posted on November 19, 2011 at 5:15 AM Comments comments (7)

 Ulm Kalthoum -  Al-Atlal, Alf Leila we Leila , Ana F'entezarak , El-Hobb Kolloh, Enta Omri, Fakkarooni, Helm, Howwa Sahih, Leilet Hobb, Lessa Faker, Rubaiyat Al-Khayyam, Zekrayat and so much more. Ulm Kalthoum is widely regarded as the greatest female singer in Arab music history.  Every song is a treasure trove for any riqq player. Seek out the rarer discs between 1930-1955 such as ...

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