Episode #3461

Alone at My Wedding

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Thursday, August 14, 2014

This New Sounds is all about party music from the Balkans, Near East, and Central Asia.  From the frantic and sweaty pop that provides the soundtrack for celebrations in Egypt, to Punjabi wedding music, it’s all here.  Listen to music from the Albanian horn band Fanfara Tirana, along with a Bjork tune arranged by Syrian pop legend Omar Souleyman.  Then there’s music from Egyptian DJs of the Cairo Liberation Front, and music from Brooklyn-based Punjabi sweaty-making party band, Red Baraat.  Plus, listen to the highly danceable Syrian electronic dabke music, also heard at weddings and parties.  And more.

PROGRAM # 3461, Alone at My Wedding (First aired on 4/29/2013)                                                       





Various Artists

Arabic and Druse Music

Druse Festival, excerpt [2:00]

Smithsonian Folkways FW04480

Buscemi vs Koçani Orkestar

Electric Gypsyland 2

Alone At My Wedding [4:30]

Crammed 37

Red Baraat

Chaal Baby

Anu Malik: Punjabi Wedding Song (Balle Balle) [5:39]

Sinj SR0113

Fanfara Tirana

Osmon Aga

Osmon Aga ,Wedding In Tirana part 3 [2:40]

Piranha Musik PIR2116

Various Artists: Maurice Jarre

Lion Of The Desert / The Message soundtrack

Lion Of The Desert – Source Music /Bedouin Wedding Music 1 [3:13]


Ahmad Al Kosem

Dabke: Sounds of the Syrian Houran

Ma Dal Anouh (I Will Grieve Until I See Her Again) [5:19]

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Omar Souleyman & Bjork

The Crystalline Series (Omar Souleyman Versions)

Crystalline (Omar Souleyman Remix) [6:41]

One Little Indian 1123TP12C

Cairo Liberation Front

Electro Cha3bi mixtape

Electro Cha3bi (mixtape excerpts) [4:47]


Various - Obeid Al Jum'aa

Dabke: Sounds of the Syrian Houran

Instrumental Mejwiz, excerpt [1:00]

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Unknown Artist

Choubi Choubi! Folk and Pop Sounds from Iraq

Oh Mother, The Handsome Man Tortures Me [3:07]

Sublime Frequencies 025 OR

Sajada Al Ubaid

Choubi Choubi! Folk and Pop Sounds from Iraq

Ala Honak (Take It Easy) [5:14]

Sublime Frequencies 025 OR

Kronos Quartet


Oh Mother, the Handsome Man Tortures Me [3:02]

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Various - Obeid Al Jum'aa

Dabke: Sounds of the Syrian Houran

Instrumental Mejwiz, excerpt [1:00]

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Shara Worden in The Greene Space on January 25, 2013

Non-Classical Music (Special Podcast)

For this New Sounds, listen to some non-classical music from classically-trained musicians, including an acoustic music quartet that is neither classical nor jazz - The 442s, comprised of members of the St. Louis Symphony, and jazz musicians. There’s also new music from Shara Worden, who records as My Brightest Diamond, from her brand-new EP, "None More Than You" scored for vocals, brass and percussion – something that can be performed with say – a marching band! Then, hear music by Andrew McKenna Lee with members of the Knells, some very cinematic work by the French-born London-based Emilie Levienaise-Farrouch, and more music from the L.A.-based collective, wild Up. Plus, something from electronic musician/ sound designer/ producer/ programmer Michael Hammond, aka No Lands, as well as a tune from cellist Erik Friedlander. And more.


Comments [2]


FYI, the reference to find the first song in the Druse Festival excerpt is incorrect. I found the record from Smithosonian recordings on Spotify, and this song is not found. There's a similar sounding recording, but there are for sure no men's voices/drum rhythm as there are here.


Oct. 10 2014 03:06 PM

thanks for tonight's program. needed something inspirational with the drama in Ferguson & tonight in Times Square.

Aug. 14 2014 11:28 PM

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