“To sing is to seek oneself and in seeking oneself one finds God. To find God is to find oneself; in finding oneself one loses oneself in Him in the Breath of God and comes at last upon the ultimate truth.”
This text which can be found on the back of Hassan Haffar’s CD cover expresses exactly what the muezzin of the great mosque in Aleppo Syria means: to find truth through song.
The muezzin Hassan Haffar is an expert in his field but also a storyteller and poet. His exceptional voice has brought him fame not only in his native Aleppo but also internationally as can be seen by the success of his CD Chants d’extase en Islam.
Although he is regularly invited abroad with the Munshed Ensemble of Aleppo (the term munshed meaning specialists in songs of praise particularly religious ones) he prefers not to travel a great deal and his performances are infrequent.
Chants d’extase en Islam (1999)
The Aleppo Suites (Institut Du Monde Arabe)
Author: Angel Romero
Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel produced several TV specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World.