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Debaa: The Singing Of Sufi Women
"'Debaa' is a term used for the singing of mystical poetry within Sufism, more specifically it grew from the singing of the poems and narratives of Abdurahman al-Dayba, a Yemeni writer from the 15th century. Debaa has evolved on the island of Mayotte, part of the Comoros chain in the Indian Ocean, into a female choral practice, accompanied by drums, bells and tambourines and choreographed with dance movements. Several debaa groups (known as Madarassati) perform on Mayotte, and internationally (including WOMAD 2008). This album presents five Madarassati, which commonly have between 50-80 members each." Deluxe oversized hardbound packaging with a 36-page booklet with French and English liner notes.