#3582: Music From the Near East and North Africa

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For this New Sounds, listen to works from the Near East and North Africa, in both arrangement and intent.  Begin with music inspired by Marco Polo’s travels by oud player and Doctor of Byzantine musicology, Kyriakos Kalaitzidis.  Then, there’s loping Gnawa music with groove from Moroccan singer and bass lute player Hassan Hakmoun, his “Dima Dima” (Always). Hear some music from Tunisia by percussionist Imed Alibi featuring singer Emel Mathlouthi on the tune “Maknassy."

There’s music from Kronos Quartet and an arrangement of music by Syrian singer Omar Souleyman from their record “A Thousand Thoughts.” Sample even more music for oud by Paris-based Palestinian Adnan Joubran along with another work rooted in the oud by Belgian Karim Baggili, who has roots in Jordan. Plus, hear music from the Montreal-based trio Bomata, clearly influenced by music of the Middle-East and the Mediterranean, and more.

PROGRAM #3582 Music From the Near East and North Africa (First aired on 3/26/2014)  

ARTIST: Imed Alibi
WORK: Balkani Connection, excerpt [1:00]
RECORDING: Safar
SOURCE: IRL 079 
INFO: irl.bigcartel.com

ARTIST: Kyriakos Kalaitzidis/Ensemble Constantinople & En Chordais
WORK: Gallop [4:25]
RECORDING: The Musical Voyages of Marco Polo
SOURCE: World Village 479092 
INFO: store.hmusa.com

ARTIST: Kronos Quartet
WORK: La Sidounak Sayyada(Omar Souleyman), arr. Jacob Garchik [4:28]
RECORDING: A Thousand Thoughts
SOURCE: Nonesuch 536952
INFO: nonesuch.com

ARTIST: Imed Alibi, feat. Emel Mathlouthi
WORK: Maknassy [5:04]
RECORDING: Safar
SOURCE: IRL 079 
INFO: irl.bigcartel.com

ARTIST: Hassan Hakmoun
WORK: Dima Dima (Always) [5:55]
RECORDING: Unity
SOURCE: Healing Records
INFO: Amazon.com

ARTIST: Karim Baggili (feat. Le Trio Joubran)
WORK: Kali City [4:46]
RECORDING: Kali City
SOURCE: homerecordsbe.bandcamp.com
INFO: karimbaggili.be

ARTIST: Adnan Joubran
WORK: My Way Home [5:59]
RECORDING: Borders Behind
SOURCE: World Village 479084
INFO: store.hmusa.com | adnanjoubran.bandcamp.com

ARTIST: Bomata
WORK: Sesame [4:48]
RECORDING: Arômes d'ailleurs
SOURCE/INFO: bomata.bandcamp.com, also available at Emusic.com or Amazon.com

ARTIST: Imed Alibi
WORK: Balkani Connection [5:43]
RECORDING: Safar
SOURCE: IRL 079 
INFO: irl.bigcartel.com

ARTIST: Kronos Quartet
WORK: Eviç Taksim (Tanburi Cemil Bey) [5:28]
RECORDING: A Thousand Thoughts
SOURCE: Nonesuch 536952
INFO: nonesuch.com