Music (radio, archives, lessons)

Amir ElSaffar - Iraqi Maqam Class 
A blog for beginners seeking to learn Iraqi Maqam.

Foundation for Arab Music Archiving and Research (AMAR) 
Started in 2009, AMAR is a Lebanese foundation committed to the preservation and dissemination of traditional Arab music. AMAR owns 7,000 records, principally from the “Nahda” era (1903 – 1930s), as well as around 6,000 hours of recordings on reel.

Gharamaphone 
A site dedicated to preserving North Africa’s Jewish musical past.

The Golhā 
The Golhā ('Flowers of Persian Song and Music') comprise 1400 radio programs consisting of approximately 886 hours of programs broadcast over a period of 23 years - from 1956-1979.

Harvard Library Archive of World Music 
The Loeb Music Library hosts several collections of field recordings of musics worldwide, commercial recordings, and streaming resources of ethnomusicological interest. Some include Turkish classical, Byzantine and Eastern Orthodox, Ethiopian, and Iranian Khorasan.

Iraqi Maqam 
An educational blog dedicated to documenting and explaining the ancient musical art of Iraqi Maqam, and to preserving the memory and works of Iraq’s most prominent Maqam masters.

Learn Arabic Music 
An excellent resource for musicians of all levels to learn Arabic music forms.

Maqam World 
Maqam World is an online resource dedicated to teaching the Arabic Maqam modal system, which is the foundation of traditional Arabic music.

Music Online: Contemporary World Music 
Contemporary World Music delivers the sounds of all regions from every continent. The database contains genres such as reggae, worldbeat, neo-traditional, world fusion, Balkanic jazz, African film, Bollywood, Arab swing and jazz, and other genres.

Qeenatha Radio 
Qeenatha hosts the largest Assyrian music database on the internet.

Radio Yerevan Archive 
A corpus of over 900 Kurdish songs available for listening on various digital platform, compiled by the German-Kurdish Cultural Institute.

Smithsonian Global Sound for Libraries 
A virtual encyclopedia of the world's musical and aural traditions. The collection provides interested listeners with a variety of online musical resources.

Syrian Cassette Archives (FORTHCOMING) 
A forthcoming project that aims to archive, preserve and share the substantial collection of audio cassettes that archivist Mark Gergis acquired in Syria between 1997 and 2010. The collection currently contains over 400 audio cassette-tapes from what can be called Syria’s cassette-era. Collecting these audio-artifacts reflects decades of on-site research and personal connections with Syrian music shops, producers and musicians.

Turkish Music Portal 
Developed by the Turkish Cultural Foundation to preserve and promote Turkish culture and heritage world-wide. The site contains extensive background on the history and various forms of Turkish music, as well as on performers, instruments, and listening samples.

The Yayla 
An internet radio program that explores the full range of Turkey's music past and present.

 

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