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What I’ve Learned from Playing the Egyptian Nay

Wednesday, June 6, 2018   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Stephen Stuempfle
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Folklife - Nicholas Mangialardi - April 17, 2018

I can’t remember the first time I heard the nay flute. Perhaps it was in classical Arab music, or religious chant, or an Egyptian pop song, all of which use the end-blown flute. My first encounter with nay in live performance was sometime in 2009 while studying Arabic in Egypt as a college student. I’m not sure how I found the street in Cairo where nays and other traditional Egyptian instruments are sold, but I do remember the night I left one of the

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