In this podcast episode Kristel visits the workshop of music instrument maker Aref Sayed in Beit Sahour. While she is there, she meets with ney player Canaan Ghoul, a professional musician. She talks to him about Palestinian music instruments and a new invention that Aref did for the qanun. This instrument is played by Shafeeq Alsadi, with whom Kristel explores more about this instrument. She also interviews Faris Ishaq who plays the ney, an ancient flute. These instrument and their music is a very important part of Palestinian cultural heritage. Of course all of the musicians play their instruments in this episode, for you to enjoy!
Palestinian Musicians and their Instruments
Ya Msafer Wahdak – is a hit song that was performed and sang by Mohamed Abdel Wahab. It represents a musical legacy that is known worldwide. Its lyrics were written by Husein Al Sayed and Its music was composed by Mohamed Abdel Wahab. In this production, The four musicians have reformed, rearranged and redefined this masterpiece using their innovative musical vision and touch through bringing in the flamenco flavor and mixing it with its oriental spirit along with western accurate percussion line to draw attention to this song and have people look at it differently and live the musical diversity that the four musicians have put in it, so as to present to the music world an old masterpiece but remade through their Palestinian touch.
Kristal fell in love with Palestine and its people on her first visit, years ago,
volunteering her time with the olive harvest. She returned several times after, met her husband and moved to Palestine to start a family. Kristal lives in between Jerusalem and Bethlehem, where she feels the reality of the Israeli segregation wall every day.
At the moment, Kristal is studying The Tour Guide Program at Bethlehem Bible College. This has inspired her to further explore the history, people, and heritage of Palestine and has also influenced her to create the podcast “Palestine Stories,” in which she delivers interviews and shares inspiring stories of Palestinians around her.