#3010: The Egyptian Influence

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Recordings by Senegalese singer Youssou N’Dour, Cape Verde’s famous diva, the late Cesaria Evora, and Palestinian oud player Simon Shaheen all show the influence of Egyptian music.  We’ll hear from them and others on this New Sounds, starting with the great Egyptian singer Oum Kalsoum (or Umm Kulthum.)  Like the legendary Oum Kalsoum, Cesaria Evora is backed by an Egyptian orchestra  -a mix of strings with Arabic sounds like the oud, kanun, and ney flute - on her release, Nha Sentimento.

We’ll also hear from Youssou N’Dour’s release “Egypt,” featuring traditional musicians from Senegal and musicians from Cairo. Plus, the oud player Simon Shaheen, Les Musiciens du Nil, and more.

PROGRAM #3010, (First aired on Tues. 12-01-09)





Cesaria Evora

Nha Sentimento

Sentimento, excerpt [1:00]

Lusaafrica 562503

Oum Kalthoum

Oum Kalsoum, The Star of the East

Hedeeth al rouh, excerpt [8:00]

MLP / World Music Office
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Youssou N’Dour


Tijaniyya [5:44]

Nonesuch #79694** www.nonesuch.com*

Cesaria Evora

Nha Sentimento

Sentimento [4:27]

See above.

Simon Shaheen

Music Of Mohamed Abdel Wahab

Sittel Habayeb [6:33]

Axiom 422-846 754 Out of print. Try auction sites or Amazon.com*

Youssou N’Dour


Baay Niasse [5:16]

See above.

Cesaria Evora

Nha Sentimento

Mam'Bia E So Mi [4:16]

See above

Philip Glass & Stuttgart State Opera Orchestra and Chorus

The Glass Box

Aknaten: Window of Appearances [4:24]

Nonesuch #424508 ** www.nonesuch.com*

Ali Jihad Racy

Ancient Egypt

The Boat of Millions of Years [4:00]

Lyrichord #7347

Les Musiciens du Nil (Musicians of the Nile)

Charcoal Gypsies

Salamat, excerpt [2:00]

Real World Records / Carol 2366 www.realworldrecords.com