Turkey's Call To Prayer Singers Offered Lessons

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In Turkey, the Muslim call to prayer can be hauntingly beautiful in a city like Istanbul, home to 3,000 mosques. But sometimes they're not pitch-perfect. So the head of religious affairs in Istanbul set up voice classes for the city's tuneless muezzins and imams.

LYNN NEARY, host:

Good morning. I'm Lynn Neary.

The Muslim call to prayer can be hauntingly beautiful in a city like Istanbul, home to 3,000 mosques. But sometimes the call is not pitch-perfect.

(Soundbite of Muslim call to prayer)

NEARY: So, the head of religious affairs, in Istanbul, set up voice classes for the city's tuneless muezzins and imams. One other solution, connect by radio to a mosque where the imam can sing. It's MORNING EDITION.

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