May 26, 2023

Labyrinth Musical Workshop I Mustafa Said 17 JULY 2023

"Technique & Repertoire, Two Faces of the Same Coin"

Labyrinth Musical Workshop always includes instrumental seminars in its program, derived from various modal musical traditions. Although it may seem like a simple term in a given title, ‘Technique & Repertoire’ represents the basis for the study of an instrument. In the case of Eastern music, an instrument is somehow attached to the place of its origin, making it impossible to study its technique without delving into a certain repertoire. The lifelong study of an instrument (technique & repertoire) will subsequently allow us to use this acquired knowledge to study different musical traditions, as well as to create our own style.

The seminar will focus on specific techniques that are derived from the morphology of the Arabic language.
At first there will be an introduction to the modal and rhythmic system.

In the Modal system, we will distinguish between a modal scale, a main mode (Maqam), and a branched or subsidiary mode.

In the rhythmic system, we will study
· the formation of rhythms- simple and complex.
· the way we count them linguistically and
· the relation with poetic meters

The goal of such an introduction in Playing Oud, is the pick movement, the types of picking and the relation between the right and left hands (picking and pressing).

Some introductory examples will be shown, Musical phrases that a player can interpret on Oud with several endless possibilities through different morphological divisions.

In case time allows, some comparative studies will be done which reflect the various Arabic “dialects” (performance styles) in playing the instruments as well as influences and interactions with other modal music traditions.

Location: Epar.Od. Knossou - Charaka 358, Choudetsi 701 00, Greece


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Morning - 10:00-13:00 10:00-13:00 10:00-13:00 10:00-13:00 10:00-13:00
Evening 18:00-21:00 18:00-21:00 18:00-21:00 18:00-21:00 18:00-21:00 -


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May 25, 2023

أوتار تراثية معاصرة

ينظم نادي تراث الإمارات ضمن برنامجه الثقافي المصاحب لمشاركته في معرض أبو ظبي الدولي للكتاب في دورته ال 32 أمسية موسيقية

أوتار تراثية معاصرة

الموعد: الجمعة 26 مايو 2023

الساعة: 06:00 مساءً

 الموقع: مركز أبو ظبي الوطني للمعارض

 B17قاعة رقم: 10 - جناح رقم

May 4, 2023





This article critically considers how the musical piece, “Al-Burda,” has introduced ground-breaking
formal and rhythmic innovations within Arab contemporary traditional music. I explore the
centrality of Mustafa Said’s musical adaptation of Arabic prosody in generating new rhythmic
modes whilst highlighting Said’s claims of continuity with an Arab literary and musical tradition
through the musical adaptation of the poetics of mu’arada, which means building upon pre-existing
models. This article draws upon postcolonial theory as a fundamental tool of analysis for the
underpinning socio-political commentary present at every stage of creation and production of


To Read the Full Article:

The Burda: Reweaving the Mantle, Renovating Arab Music Tradition between Egypt and the Arab Levant | Yearbook for Traditional Music | Cambridge Core


Listen to the full BURDAH:

Burdah, Contemporary Arabic Maqam Suite بردة، وصلة من المقام العربيّ المعاصر | Mustafa Said مصطفى سعيد (


February 8, 2023

Abu Dhabi Arabic Language Centre Hosts Poetry Concert at Cairo International Book Fair 2023 – مركز أبوظبي للغة العربية ينظم أمسية غنائية ضمن مشاركته في معرض القاهرة الدولي للكتاب

وأُقيمت الأمسية التي أحيتها "مجموعة أصيل للموسيقى العربية الفصحى المعاصرة" في "قبة الغوري" بالقاهرة، حيث أدت المجموعة نصوصاً غنائية للشاعرين الكبيرين قام بتلحينهم الموسيقار مصطفى سعيد.
وبهذه المناسبة قال سعادة الدكتور علي بن تميم، رئيس مركز أبوظبي للغة العربية،" جاء اختيارنا للنصوص المغناة من تراث شاعرين عربيين كبيرين هما أبي الطيب وأحمد شوقي اللذان يجمع بينهما -رغم الفارق الزمني- ذلك النسغ الحضاري الممتد في عروق كل مبدع عربي أصيل عرف الجوهر الحقيقي للغة العربية بمعناها الواسع الذي لا يقف عند حدود الحرف، بل ما يقوم عليه الحرف من تراث فكري وعلمي وفني وثقافي وإنساني، وما يقوم على فهم واستيعاب أبعاد الحرف من بناء حضاري شامخ علينا أن نعنى به ونعلو".
The event shed light on the legacy of Abu Al Tayyib Al Mutanabbi, whose work was much loved by the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, Founding Father of the UAE, as well as on the memorable writings of Ahmed Shawqi, highlighting the leading role the two poets played in the history and development of Arab poetry.
On this occasion Dr. Ali bin Tamim, Chairman of the ALC said: “We selected texts by two of our greatest Arab poets, Abu Al Tayyib Al Mutanabbi and Ahmed Shawqi, who, despite living centuries apart, are connected by the same values and inspiration, both understanding the true essence of the Arabic language and the intellectual, scientific, artistic, cultural, and human heritage behind it.”

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