Reem released her latest EP on 21 April. It is her tribute to the great Iranian singing master, Mohammad-Reza Shajarian (1940-2020). Typical with all her recording work, Reem has produced a detailed and comprehensive trilingual booklet (Arabic, English & Farsi) with musicological notes, literary translations and a detailed glossary.
This is part of Reem's ongoing project This Land is Your Land, about the music of the various communities with whom she lived in Kuwait, and with whom she now lives in the UK. Reem and her international band have recorded their parts separately (both in the UK and the US) during lockdown in 2021.
The Singer Said (Qala al-Mughanni)
Poetry: Mahmoud Darwish (1941-2008)
Music: Reem Kelani (MCPS)
Bird of Dawn ((Morgh-e Sahar)
Poetry: Mohammad-Taqi Bahar (1886-1951)
Music: Morteza Neidavoud (1900-1990)
Arr.: Reem Kelani (MCPS)
Reem's classic debut album, Sprinting Gazelle: Palestinian Songs from the Motherland and the Diaspora, has been included in the English national curriculum: Model Music Curriculum for schools in England
The English curriculum guideline reads (page 79): Sprinting Gazelle is the debut album of performer, composer and researcher Reem Kelani. Kelani collected and arranged songs from Palestine and the Palestinian diaspora including from her maternal family in Nazareth and women in the refugee camps in Lebanon. As well as traditional music, the album includes her own settings of contemporary poetry. The title track is highlighted on the list for core listening, but the whole album will provide pupils with opportunities for further listening.
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