Posted by Subhi on September 14, 2020, 8:36 pm, in reply to "Gaza"
"Now we are letting the Palestinians in Gaza die" |
Palestinians should be objects of emulation rather than suffer from fear for them, they will summon the rain, that hard rain, as they know how to, my grandmother scattered spells like seeds tapping out complex rhythms on a little black pot singing hypnotic beautiful repetitive phrases they had very hard times too for decades which they survived casting spells and riding ghosts, happy, passionate, sometimes downcast, you know human, i know the beats but little else....astaghfirullah,
I once wrote that if we permit what is happening now in Palestine it will one day be "Gaza everywhere" and we do seem to be getting there.
"The importance of Bint-Mbareh’s work lies in the fact that it revives musical Sufi content otherwise at risk of disappearing while encompassing a method: techniques derived from ritual that stress the importance of indigenous performance practices.
Cultural preservation is about content and aesthetics, including the very notion of what constitutes performance. This is yet another aspect of Palestinian Sufi culture that Bint-Mbareh has internalized.
During our interview, she insisted that when she was singing these rain-summoning songs she was actually trying to make it rain, and, on more than one occasion, it did, including after her Amman performance that was preceded by a draught.
Indeed, Sufi ritual is never merely a performance. It has many practical purposes including the acquisition of divine protection, healing, increasing fertility, but perhaps above all, it is a means to explore and better the self.
Thus, everything that occurs in the performance is connected to our day-to-day lives and serves as a means of transforming the world and ourselves. And this is precisely what Bint-Mbareh sets out to do by reviving these long-lost Sufi songs, inviting the audience to join her in this search for origin"