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Wednesday, November 19, 2008

LIBANA SINGS

I have enjoyed the music of the women's singing group Libana for many years and taught many of their songs to my elementary music students.

Libana is a women's world music ensemble that illuminates the creativity, vision, and spirit of the world's women through the performance of traditional and contemporary music and dance.


Libana takes its name from a 10th century Moorish woman, who was a poet, philosopher, and musician, symbolically representing women's creativity and vision throughout time. The group was founded by its Artistic Director, Susan Robbins in 1979, with the idea of exploring and performing music and dance which reflect women's often undocumented creative contributions to their cultures.

Their repertoire of ancient melodies and contemporary tunes is performed a cappella and with instruments including guitar, dumbek, accordion, oud, naqqara, clarinet and double bass. Their music is drawn from the divergent cultural expressions of the Mediterranean, the Balkans, the Middle East, Europe, Africa, Asia and South America.

These look like the same video, but they are two different songs by Libana:

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Lo Yisa Goy

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Kwaheri sung by Libana
Kenyan
Translation: "Goodbye, dear friend. We will meet again if God wills."

Be Like a Bird

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www.libana.com

www.balkanfolk.com/gallery

36th Bourgas International Folklore Festival in Bulgaria

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