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Sunday, November 19, 2006

Are You Latin-Arabian?

Of course, with the mass conversion of Chiapas to Islam and the Lebanese takeover of Mexican telecoms and cinema, it was only a matter of time...

Here's the Rough Guide's latest fusion compilation, The Rough Guide to Latin-Arabia. Aurgasm clued me in to it, and you can listen here to the entire cut by Moroccan-born musician Rhany, a cover of Compay Segundo's "Chan Chan" (popularized in the Wim Wenders film Buena Vista Social Club). Rhany was born in Marrakech but lives in Tunisia and Paris. He traveled to Cuba to record with Compay Segundo, Ibrahim Ferrer, et al.

But apart from all this "Spanish inflection," it's still nice to identify with a North African city in which most people actually do speak Spanish..


At 4:55 PM, Blogger Ted Swedenburg said...

not so enthused about this release because there's not much new here....

At 5:16 PM, Blogger John Schaefer said...

Yeah, it appears to be a lot of stuff we've heard before. But the idea that there needs to be a label for the sound seems to be a new thing, or at least newly profitable.

At 2:00 PM, Blogger Ted Swedenburg said...

actually, it's quite an 'old' trend. amr diab's dates from the early nineties. alabina did this sort of stuff throughout the nineties. the rough guide is catching on LATE! plus this is not the best collection that could have been put together.

At 4:44 PM, Blogger John Schaefer said...

So I wonder why they do it now. I didn't think Latin music was any bigger now than in the 90s. Or is it just some weird market constellation of medium-high sales in both Latin plus Arabic music.


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