Monday, May 31, 2021
Sunday, May 30, 2021
Rujue Hayya رجوع هيئة
Wednesday, May 26, 2021
Saturday, May 22, 2021
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.
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
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.
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Wednesday, May 19, 2021
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.
Wednesday, May 12, 2021
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