THE MUQAM OF THE DOLAN
> Music of the Uighurs from the Taklamakan Desert
Uighur Muqam Art - Masterpiece of Intangible Cultural Heritage (Unesco)
1 CD W 260126 SC848
RECORDINGS AND LINER NOTES, PIERRE BOIS - TRANSLATION OF THE LYRICS : MUKADDAS MIJIT.
© MCM 2006
Huseyn Yahya, Supi Turdi, Muhammad Mutallip, vocals and drum dap
Ahat Tohti, lute rawap
Abduljlil Ruzi, zither qalun
Hasan Nuri, spike fiddle ghijak.
The Dolan are a sub-group of the Uighurs. They live in the immense desert of Taklamakan, in the center of the province of Xinjiang or Chinese Turkestan. This CD is devoted to their canonical musical repertory, the muqam, which includes nine suites performed by three singers-drummers, a lutenist, a zither player and a spike fiddle player. This music, with its outbursts, its torn voices and its powerful drumming, evokes the Dolan village feasts and deserves its nickname of "Uighur Jazz".