Aga Khan Music Awards, Celebrating World Music Day 2019, Mustafa Said’s Word

Mustafa Said (Egypt), award for Music Performance
“This, to my knowledge, is the first award to be given to performers of classical modal music [maqām]. For me, this represents the recognition of a great tradition that was almost totally ignored and neglected for nearly a full century. This classical modal music evolved in Egypt and its surrounding region – an area that is now divided into many countries where nationalism and racism have made people forget their unified past. I am more than honoured to try to bring this music back, not as a “museum” but in a living form, and to continue composing and transmitting music to new generations who are able to compose and perform and keep this music alive as a contemporary art.”

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