Sabri Moudallal — Great Voice of Syria

I know very little about this music, but from the moment I first heard Sabri Moudallal sing I was transfixed. His voice production is completely embodied, and age has not withered nor custom staled his infinite variety. What a magnificent voice.

The former muezzin of the Great Mosque at Alleppo, Syria, he was born in 1919 and died in 2006.

Born in Aleppo in 1918, highly esteemed by native Aleppians but scarcely known beyond the city limits, he has almost always lived outside the ” star system “. His talent was revealed relatively late on his life, from the seventies on, when he gave a series of concerts in Paris with his group of the time, a vocal quartet known as ” The Muezzins of Aleppo “. Ever since then he has received constant requests from abroad, has been appointed principal muezzin of the city and was even decorated in 1996 by Farouk Hosni, the Egyptian Minister of Culture.


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