Monday, May 31, 2021

Orchestra Zeitouni | FLAC cassette rip


Here's a high-energy Moroccan cassette I found at Nassem Halal Meat and Mediterranean Grocery on Steinway Street, walking distance from my place here in Astoria, Queens.

There is no track list for this cassette, not on the J-card, not on either side of the cassette itself.

The kamenjah on the cover is featured prominently throughout. Supporting it: Percussion, guinbri, keyboard (barely detectable rhythmic pumping on Side 1, Track 3; a bit more prominent on Side 2), and vocals.

Grab it now (link in the comments) 

Sunday, May 30, 2021

Massnawa | Cassette FLAC rip


I know next to nothing about Massnawa, other than that they are a Moroccan group, in the ballpark of similar Moroccans Lemchaheb, Jil Jilala, and Nass El Ghiwane.

I don't even know what year this cassette is from; no one has yet added this album to Massnawa's Discogs page.

All I can tell you is that it is one of the most inventive Moroccan albums I've ever heard and I doubt you'll feel any different.


Side 1
Rujue Hayya رجوع هيئة
Warda Fi Al Sahra وردة في الصحراء

Side 2
Al Gharib الغريب
Sidi Moussa Ben Ali سيدي موسي ابن عاي
Mawsim Al Sayda موسم الصيدة

Link in the comments. Grab it while you can.

Wednesday, May 26, 2021

Cassettes | 7-10 PM EDT


Tonight on WFMU's Give the Drummer Radio, Bodega Pop plays scorchers from around the globe on everybody's least favorite analog format!

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Saturday, May 22, 2021

Orchestra Abdel Hamid | FLAC cassette rip


I've had this Moroccan cassette for years, something I picked up on Steinway Street's Nassem Halal Meat and Mediterranean Grocery long before the owner sold the store. This is an enjoyable ride, with bursts of punchy strings and organ fills -- are they real strings and organ or synth? -- over a driving, complex but steady, rocking beat. Terrific, subtly emotive vocals, with call-and-response chorus.

I've made a first attempt at a track list, but I don't entirely trust my transliteration skills. Worth noting that most of the songs bleed into each other, thus tracks 2 and 3 on Side One are really two songs, and Side Two is a continuous track consisting of four songs.


Awad عواد

Fatna فاطنة and Taxi تکایسي

Ana Al Maebud Allah أنا المعبود الله and Alalat Rah Kwany  الالة راه کواني


Ma Yuqit Lak Qabar ما يقيت لك  قابار and Mimai Dariha ميمىي دارها and Eayt Ana Manhbur عيت أنا مانحبر and Malo Malo مالو مالو

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Friday, May 21, 2021

Rubaiyat Salah Jahin | Salah Jahin, Ali al-Haggar, Sayed Makawy (1988, Egypt, FLAC rip)

This cassette is not listed on Discogs, but there does exist a poor-quality YouTube video that I'll leave it to you to find if you really want to.

This is a remarkable recording, from 1988, of a collaboration between long-time friends composer Sayed Makawy and poet and cartoonist Salah Jahin (or a tribute by the composer to his then recently deceased friend). It is not the first time Makawy had scored Jahin's poetry; Discogs lists this cassette, with the same title (which I think translates as The Poetry of Salah Jahin). 

However, the main difference between that one (pictured directly above) and the cassette I'm sharing today (pictured at the top of this post) is that the latter features the singing voice of Ali al Haggar in addition to whomever is reciting Salah Jahin's poetry (perhaps Jahin himself, although the poet died in 1986, two years before this release).

Al Haggar is an interesting choice. His voice has a smooth, mid- to high-range huskiness that, to my ear, at least, is more than a little reminiscent of Abdel Halim Hafez--the one famous singer that composer Sayed Makawy famously never worked with.

I've never heard an album quite like this. Clearly Egyptian in orchestration and composition, there are distinct touches that make it unique. Plus, more obviously, it toggles rather aggressively back and forth between passages of recited and sung poetry--something I've only ever heard before in recordings of Persian poetry, and even there, there was only one vocalist. This is clearly two, one for each mode.

Link to FLAC files in comments.

Wednesday, May 19, 2021

Lust for Life. | 7-10 PM EDT


TONIGHT on WFMU's Give the Drummer Radio: Mind-blowing cassettes from Congo, Kuwait, and Mali. Egyptian-Palestinian experimentation. A rediscovered Brazilian underground classic. Il Maestro. Horny reggae. And Nico.

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Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Goodbye, Rock. Yuri Morozov | 7-10 PM EDT


TONIGHT on WFMU's Give the Drummer Radio, Bodega Pop spins Soviet freak folk, progressive & psychedelic, avant-electronica, esoteric funk, and more by Russia's greatest bedroom star

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Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Madagascar | 7-10 PM EDT


The Mushrooms Fever

Tonight on WFMU's Give the Drummer Radio, Bodega Pop spins punk, pop, hip hop, field recordings, old cassettes, 78s, and more from the red island

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