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The buzuq (Arabic: بزق‎; also transliterated bozuq, bouzouk, buzuk etc.) is a long-necked fretted lute related to the Greek bouzouki and Turkish saz. It is an essential instrument in the Rahbani repertoire, but it is not classified among the classical instruments of Arab or Turkish music. However, this instrument may be looked upon as a larger and deeper-toned relative of the saz, to which it could be compared in the same way as the viola to the violin in Western music. Before the Rahbanis popularized the use of this instrument, the buzuq had been associated with the music of Lebanon and Syria.

Unlike the short-necked unfretted oud, the buzuq has a longer neck, smaller body and frets tied to the neck, which can be moved to produce the microtonal intervals used in the many maqamat (musical modes). Typically, it is furnished with two courses of metal strings which are played with a plectrum, offering a metallic yet lyrical resonance. Some instruments have three courses and up to seven strings total.

The name of the instrument may come from Turkish bozuk (broken or disorderly), it refers to Bozuk düzen bağlama, a tuning of Turkish baglama. Another theory on the origin of the name is that it comes from the Persian expression tanbur e bozorg, meaning a large tanbur style lute.

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The Guardian

The Guardian
Wed, 24 Jun 2015 07:00:17 -0700

As Khyam Allami's oud intertwines with Tamer Abu Ghazaleh's buzuq and Bashar Farran's liquid bass, Holako wraps itself round your limbs like bindweed. The opening statement from Alif's new album Aynama-Rtama, due on 4 September, is hypnotic in effect ...

The National

The National
Tue, 30 Jun 2015 03:19:13 -0700

Despite clocking in at a relatively lean four minutes, the track is bursting with ideas as the oud, buzuq, bass, modern keyboards and percussion mix together in one arresting sonic brew. Oud player Khyam Allami says it is the sound of today. “There is ...


Wed, 01 Jul 2015 02:59:47 -0700

Conceived in 2012 and taking its name from the first letter of the Arabic alphabet, Alif features Khyam Allami (Oud), Tamer Abu Ghazaleh (Vocals/Buzuq), Bashar Farran (Bass), Maurice Louca (Keys/Electronics), and Khaled Yassine (Drums/Percussion).

Le Télégramme

Le Télégramme
Sun, 09 Aug 2015 19:17:14 -0700

Le vendredi 28, la danse sera à l'honneur avec un invité de marque en la personne de Titi Robin, célèbre joueur de guitare, de buzuq et d'« oud ». Il sera accompagné de sa fille, Maria, au chant, et du musicien Habib Meftah Boushehri, aux percussions.

Carleton College News

Carleton College News
Thu, 30 Apr 2015 10:48:45 -0700

Bassam Saba, a world-renowned nay virtuoso and multi-instrumentalist, will perform on oud, violin, buzuq, saz, and the Western classical flute in a rare appearance on Thursday, May 14 from 8 to 10 p.m. in the Carleton College Concert Hall. Saba is part ...


Fri, 15 May 2015 08:56:05 -0700

JIMH's Radwan Ghazi Moumneh was often the visual centre of the set, whether singing, playing buzuq or releasing gawps of analog synth blurp. Of Suuns' members, Benjamin Shemie was the most active, moving between vocals and guitar and even sharing ...

Huffington Post Canada

Huffington Post Canada
Fri, 17 Apr 2015 16:57:14 -0700

WASHINGTON - The Canadian government is working on a project that it hopes will revolutionize international development the way matchmaking websites revolutionized dating. Instead of bringing together love-starved singles, the project would introduce ...

The Daily Star

The Daily Star
Thu, 02 Apr 2015 14:03:55 -0700

Metro al-Madina is comfortably stocked with listeners Wednesday evening. Their vague shapes recline in the cabaret space's nooks and crannies as the spotlight rises upon Saadet Türk?z, standing before the microphone like a torch singer. Nearby, intent ...

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