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The version performed by Shaar and his ensemble is 50 minutes longer than any extant recording of Umm Kulthum's original but just as potent.Shaar also introduces some of his own vocal improvisations – "layali" (from "layl," night), an unmetered modal departure from the set lyrics. An hour or so into "Hayarti Albi Maak," the audience's classic music aficionados recognized the words of another Egyptian tune "Leh ya Binafseg," (Why are You Alone) composed by Riad al-Sanbati and made famous by vocalist Saleh Abdel-Hay.Having referenced a line from "Leh ya Binafseg," Shaar moves into a "layali" then back to "Hayart albi Maak," holding his audience rapt. Abdel Karim al-Shaar will restage "Hayarti Albi Maak" at Metro al-Madina Saturday evening.
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Shaar on the dialogue of tarab
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