Egypt Singer Adds Modern Touch To Islamic Chanting
Chand Sahkeel 7 days ago Thu 15th October 2020 | 12:42 PM
Egypt's Mahmoud al-Tohamy is a master of Islamic chanting, a 1,400-year-old art form known as "inshad" -- but that hasn't stopped him from performing the "Game of Thrones" theme song
Cairo, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 15th Oct, 2020 ) :Egypt's Mahmoud al-Tohamy is a master of Islamic chanting, a 1,400-year-old art form known as "inshad" -- but that hasn't stopped him from performing the "Game of Thrones" theme song.
But he has also earned global renown as an artistic pioneer who fuses inshad with other styles to create experimental and mesmerising works of music.
While the strictest interpretations of the art of chanting bans the use of accompanying musical instruments, Tohamy has worked with Western-style rock bands and classical music orchestras.
"I have mixed the art of traditional religious singing with touches of other Western and Eastern music," said the master.
"We will be able to spread the classic Arabic in the West as well as in local youth culture," he said of the chants, or "anasheed", which are traditionally performed solo or a capella.
Teaching a class recently, he wore a light summer shirt, denim shorts, a cap and sunglasses, rather than the traditional loose robes and turban.
He now reserves the traditional attire for more conservative audiences, such as in the rural Upper Egypt regions, he said.
There, their languid chanting echoed from the palace's murals bearing intricate inscriptions of Kufic calligraphy and vibrant Islamic art.