Companion site to the book Ambient Sufism: Ritual Niches and the Social Work of Musical form (University of Chicago Press, 2020) by Richard C. Jankowsky

RITUAL ALTERITY: The Musical Management of Sub-Saharan Otherness

Audio Files

Audio Example 4.1

Opening three nūbas in sṭambēlī (for the Prophet, Jerma, and Bū Ḥijba. Gumbrī: Salah el-Ouergli: shqāshiq and vocals: Belhassen Mihoub, Noureddine Soudani, Lotfi el-Hamemi); recorded at Dār Bārnū.

Video Files

Video Example 4.1

Nūba for a baḥriyya spirit, featuring the four-stroke muthallith rhythm giving way to the three-stroke sūdānī rhythm

Video Example 4.2

Nūba for Bū Sa‘diyya, with costumed dancer, at Café el-‘Alī (Gumbrī and lead vocals: Belhassen Mihoub. Shqāshiq and vocals: Noureddine Soudani, Lotfi el-Hamemi)

Video Example 4.3

“You Are the Perfect Master” (Māk Shaykh al-Kāmil), sṭambēlī version, performed at Café el-‘Alī in Tunis. (Gumbrī and lead vocals: Belhassen Mihoub. Shqāshiq and vocals: Noureddine Soudani, Lotfi el-Hamemi)