Episode #2543

Andalusian Origins

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Monday, July 16, 2007

Jewish/Algerian pianist and composer Maurice El Medioni, Grandmaster of Raï (once called the “Rubén Gonzaléz of the Maghreb”), teamed up with Cuban/Klezmer super-drummer Roberto Rodriguez on a new record for a combustible blend of Arabic, African, Jewish, and Latin elements. Surprisingly not that far apart, Algeria and Cuba are connected by a common cultural heritage originating from Andalusian Spain in the 10th century. The two exiles, Rodriguez and El Medioni, come together in this Descarga (which literally translates as ‘to unload’ and is used to refer to a Cuban jam session) and celebrate a time when Jews and Arabs met to make music and share things. Listen to tunes from this latest release “Descarga Oriental: The New York Sessions,” and more on this edition of New Sounds.

PROGRAM # 2543, Unexpected Musical Collaborations (First aired on Wednesday, May 10, 2006)





Maurice El Medioni Meets Roberto Rodriguez

Descarga Oriental: The New York Sessions

Ana Ouana [9:00]

Piranha #2003


& Saraswati

Janger Bali [4:00]

Altrisuoni #171

Michael Nyman


The Upside-Down Violin [17:00]

Virgin #39917
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Maurice El Medioni Meets Roberto Rodriguez

Descarga Oriental: The New York Sessions

Malika [7:00]

See above.

Reconciliation, with Alan Dargin

Two Stories In One

Bis [6:00]

Natural Symphonics #1131 Out of print, but try*



Uskottu ei Uupuvani [5:00]

Wicklow/BMG # 63262

Comments [1]

Joe McQuown from brooklyn

paul, this show is sooooo good is borderline illegal. thanks.

Jul. 21 2007 12:18 AM

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