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'Yaman Yar': No singing here

INDIVIDUAL Band

June 15, 2018

Music

By Lilly Torosyan

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'Yaman Yar': No singing here

From listening to this tune, it may be a bit difficult to parse the folk song from the modern rabiz... After all, there is no singing here, and the main features of the song seem to be the clarinet and dhol (Armenian drums)—staples of rabiz, kef time (party) music in Armenia.

Genre

Ethno folk; rabiz; party; kef; instrumental

Released

2015

Location

Armenia

Duration

2:50

Link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OJG5MckkE1s

Rabiz is a genre of music in Armenia that traces its roots to the 1970s and 80s. The term comes from the Russian phrase meaning "labor's art,” a somewhat derogatory term for perceived lowbrow culture. It draws on Armenian and Arabic folk music, with a background of primitive synthesizer arrangements.

Nevertheless, INDIVIDUAL Band has managed to create a catchy rabiz dance party version of the folk song, "Yaman Yar" (“Oh, Darling Mine”)—free from the tawdry mugham vocals that have come to define the genre.

Liked this? Listen to another version

  • For a more relaxed, guitar version of this song, check out Greek-Armenian musician, Iakovos Kolanian’s, rendition below.
  • For a version with lyrics, listen to Turkish-Armenian group, Sayat Nova Korosu's (choir) version below

Video

  • "Yaman Yar" by INDIVIDUAL Band

    Video: Aram Sargsyan YouTube page

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