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Ensemble circassien de Jordanie

Ensemble circassien de Jordanie

Ensemble circassien de Jordanie


A country called Circassia, which no longer exists… The Circassian diaspora is all the more fiercely attached to its culture. Their traditional music is an invitation to dance and to wide-ranging cavalcades. This music is both melancholy and joyful and is produced by virtuoso musicians whose quality and precision belong to the sphere of classical music. This album is composed of melodies some of which date back more than 600 years. Dance predominates and so does the accordion. Read more on Last.fm
A country called Circassia, which no longer exists… The Circassian diaspora is all the more fiercely attached to its culture. Their traditional music is an invitation to dance and to wide-ranging cavalcades. This music is both melancholy and joyful and is produced by virtuoso musicians whose quality and precision belong to the sphere of classical music. This album is composed of melodies some of which date back more than 600 years. Dance predominates and so does the accordion. The tempo is often inspired by the paces of the horse, which forms such an intimate part of the culture of the Tcherkess, who are renowned horsemen and warriors.

The musicians of the Jordanian Circassian Ensemble remain closely attached to their culture and are keen to preserve the purity of their art. Although the tunes on this CD are virtually a hundred percent Circassian, the group also plays Jordano-Circassian tunes because the musicians have absorbed local sounds with the passage of time. It is poetic justice that, nowadays, the Circassians of Jordan are sending back to their native land that part of their musical culture that had practically disappeared from their Caucasian motherland because of the dramatic sequence of events during the past centuries. Muhannad Nasip, accordion (Pshina) Mohammad Apesh, accordion (Pshina) Mohammad Anfouqa, percussions (Baraban) Mahmoud Bishmaph, strings (Apa-Pshina) Ehab Jankhot, percussions (Pkhachach) Blan Jalouqa, accordion (Pshina) & flute Maen Nakhwa, percussions (Baraban) Bater Abaza, accordion (Pshina) Sanad T'haquakhua, strings (Apa-Pshina) Mohammed Saeed Bazoqa, accordion (Pshina) - A page of history - The Circassians are a people originating in the North-West of the Caucasus. The dreadful Russo-Circassian war lasted more than a century (1763 / 1864).

When peace was proclaimed, most of the Circassians were forced into exile in countries ruled by the Ottoman Empire. Their diaspora is now two million strong in Turkey, 100,000 in Syria, 65,000 in Jordan, and 4,000 in Palestine. Some 40,000 also live in Germany and 9,000 in the United States. The Circassians benefit from the nationality of the countries where they live.

However, they have preserved their cultural identity, in which music plays a major role. Today, the Circassian diaspora denounces the decision to hold the Winter Olympic Games at Sotchi, where the chief site will be the winter sports resort of Krasnaia Poliana (“Red Meadow”), where the last battle against the Russians took place and where the main genocide of the Nineteenth Century was perpetrated against the Circassians. Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..

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