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Before the civil war in Syria destroyed ancient religious sites — and scattered some of the oldest Christian communities in the world — Jason Hamacher made several trips there, taking photos and recording ancient Sufi and Christian chants. The project got its start when Hamacher read in a book about “the world’s oldest Christian music.” He tracked down From the Holy Mountain author William Dalrymple, who told him there were no recordings of the music — and that “it’s not a monastery in the desert; it is a Syrian Orthodox church in the middle of the city of Aleppo.” Hamacher ended up staying at that church as a guest of the archbishop, who has since been kidnapped by rebels. As Hamacher tells Fresh Air’s Terry Gross, he is planning a series of albums called Sacred Voices of Syria. The first, which was released this summer on his own Lost Origin Productions, is called Nawa: Ancient Sufi Invocations and Forgotten Songs From Aleppo. Hamacher isn’t coming at this from the perspective of a musicologist, or as a member of a religious community. He’s a drummer who’s played in several punk bands in the Washington, D.C., area
Before War, A Punk Drummer Preserved Syrian Chants : NPR

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Jimmy Carr is by no means the first person to run into trouble putting on a gig in Dubai. In the 90s there were attempts to stage a Cure concert in the Emirate. All was going well - tickets selling briskly, venue booked - until the Ministry of Culture asked to hear some of the band’s songs.

'Killing an Arab' was the first song on the CD unthinkingly sent from London by the record label. The concert was cancelled.

FYI: Russell Brand intended to kick off his Messiah Complex world tour in Abu Dhabi last year. As soon as the authorities got wind of what he would be discussing, plug pulled.

Popbitch explains the difficulties of setting up concerts in Dubai.

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Titus Andronicus tearing this damn stage up with a Velvet Underground cover. Lucero up next.  #music

Titus Andronicus tearing this damn stage up with a Velvet Underground cover. Lucero up next. #music

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Rolling Stones road manager Ian Stewart wins the award for the most hung over passport photo ever. #music (at The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum)

Rolling Stones road manager Ian Stewart wins the award for the most hung over passport photo ever. #music (at The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum)

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