Digital Dervish

With one foot in Montréal, and one foot dancing and lingering in his native Turkey, the 21st century dervish Mercan Dede has taken the electronic groove and beats out of the DJ booth and melded them to traditional instruments like the darbouka, santur, and ney. The result is something like Arabic techno-folk and on this New Sounds, Dede presents tracks from his latest record, “Su.” The name means “Water,” and the CD features collaborations with Indian singer Susheela Raman, TransGlobal Underground sitarist Sheema Mukherjee, Tunisian singer Dhafer Youssef, and many others.

PROGRAM #2408, With Mercan Dede (First aired on Thurs., 5/5/05)

The Music of Islam Vol. 9 – Mawlawiyah Music of the Whirling Dervishes Suzidilara Ayin [1:30] Celestial Harmonies #13149 **
Mercan Dede Su Ab-I Verd [6:30]
Ab –I Tarab [6:00]
Ab-I Beka [6:30]
Ab-I Hayat [7:30]
Ab-I Çesm (Kerbela) [5:30]
Ab-I Beste, excerpt [2:00]
Escondida #6510 *

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