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Episode #2543

Andalusian Origins

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Saturday, May 17, 2008

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)

ARTIST(S)

RECORDING

CUT(S)

SOURCE

Maurice El Medioni Meets Roberto Rodriguez

Descarga Oriental: The New York Sessions

Ana Ouana [9:00]

Piranha #2003 www.piranha.de

Podjama

& Saraswati

Janger Bali [4:00]

Altrisuoni #171 www.altrisuoni.com

Michael Nyman

Live

The Upside-Down Violin [17:00]

Virgin #39917
Info at www.michaelnyman.com *

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 Amazon.com*

Värttinä

Vihma

Uskottu ei Uupuvani [5:00]

Wicklow/BMG # 63262 www.varttina.com

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Comments [3]

John Schaefer from WNYC

Thanks! The Nyman is an old favorite of mine so I'm glad you liked it.
John

May. 20 2008 04:32 PM
Charles Lukoba from Busia, Kenya

I have to say, after listening to a couple of your programs you guys at new sounds know your stuff.
I'm from East Africa I can relate very well with what you have selected in this collection. Michael Nyman was wonderful & the piece by Maurice El Medioni meets Roberto Rodriguez was spectacular.

May. 18 2008 12:41 AM
Zahirah Salahuddin

THE MICHAEL NYMAN SONG "THE UPSIDE-DOWN VIOLIN" IS BEYOND AMAZING!!!! THERE ARE NO WORDS TO DESCRIBE IT! i AM GOING TO HUNT DOWN THAT CD AND BUY IT IMMEDIATELY!!! THANK YOU FOR PLAYING SUCH GREAT MUSIC!!!

May. 17 2008 11:34 PM

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