Damascus, Dimashq, Syrian Arab Republic (1947 – 2009)
Sheikh Hamza Shakkur (also spelled Chakour, born in Damascus, 1947) is a muqri (Qur'an reader) and a munshid (hymnodist). He is the disciple of Saïd Farhat and Tawfiq al-Munajjid. His task is to assure the continuity of the repertory proper to the Sufi Mawlawiya order. He is the choir master of the Munshiddin of the Great Mosque in Damascus and serves at official religious ceremonies in Syria, where he is immensely popular.
Shaykh Hamza is an impressively large, charismatic figure… read more
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