#3801: Unusual Cross-Cultural Collaborations

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'Junun' is the new record from Jonny Greenwood and The Rajasthan Express.
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This New Sounds is full of unexpected musical dream-teams. Listen to a collaboration between Radiohead guitarist/keyboardist Jonny Greenwood, Israel/India-based composer/musician Shye Ben Tzur, and Indian qawwali musicians, The Rajasthan Express, who even sing in Hebrew. It’s from a record (and film by Paul Thomas Anderson) called Junun (which means “the madness of love.”)

Then, listen to New York-based Raya Brass Band, whose new record, RAYA, is full of informed cross-cultural takes on Balkan brass music – here a loping Ethiogroove or New York salsa woven into the New Orleans street party meets Macedonian, Greek, and Turkish wedding music.  Listen to the seductive odd sevens of "Dren Gajda," which evokes the sound of the bagpipe, or gajda (which is also a bagpipe-accompanied Macedonian dance.)

Then, there’s tropical psychedelic cumbia from Lima, Peru-based band, Bareto, along with brass-driven Afro-pop from the Washington DC-based band Elikeh, who incorporate Togolese rhythms into their borderless music. (The group’s leader, Massama Dogo, was born in Togo.)  Hear Welsh harp, Indian tabla & harmonium, as Mumbai singer Tauseef Akhtar and Welsh singer-songwriter Gwyneth Glyn blend Indian Ghazals with Welsh folk traditional music as Ghazalaw.

Plus, hear music from Hiya wal Âalam, which is Tunisian composer and percussionist Houwaida Hedfi, in collaboration with musicians from Tunisia and Palestine, and Swede Olof Dreijer from The Knife. They use North African percussion instruments like bendir, djembe and chkachek, along with wordless vocals and electronic beats. And much more.

 

PROGRAM #3801 Unusual Cross-Cultural Collaborations (First Aired 11-19-2015)

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RECORDING

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SOURCE

Shye Ben Tzur, Jonny Greenwood, & Rajasthan Express

Junun

Hu [7:49]
Junun [5:54]

Nonesuch 552641
nonesuch.com

Raya Brass Band

RAYA

Dren Gajda [4:12]

rayabrassband1.bandcamp.com

Bareto

Impredecible

Mama Motelo [3:53]

World Village 450030
worldvillagemusic.com

Elikeh

Kondona

The Conversation [4:45]

Ropeadope / Elikeh
elikeh.bandcamp.com

Xixa

Shift and Shadow

Cumbia del Palatero [4:04]

Barbès Records
barbesrecords.com

Ghazalaw

Ghazalaw

7. Cosb Mor Dlos (Khoobsorat Koi Sazaa) [6:45]

Marvels of The Universe
ghazalaw.com

Hiya Wal Âalam

 

Sawtuha : Nine women from Egypt, Tunisia, Libya, and a bonus song from Syria

Houwaida Hedfi: Janna  feat. Chiheb [4:52]

The track appears under the name “Houwaida” on this compilation: jakartarecords-label.bandcamp.com

Alif

Aynama-Rtama

I_tiraf (Confession) [4:56]

alifmusic.bandcamp.com