The Spy From Cairo
Arabadub (Wonderwheel, 2012)
Acoustic Middle Eastern music and Jamaican dub come together in Arabadub, the latest project by The Spy From Cairo. The album has great merit because there are no samples employed on the album. The Spy From Cairo played all the traditional Middle Eastern stringed instruments, including the ‘ud, Chifteli and the Saz himself. And that’s not all. He also plays the accordion.
The result is a seductive mix of Arabic music with a variety of beats, including reggae, dancehall, funk and others.
The Spy From Cairo is one of the projects of Italian-born and New York-based Moreno Visini. He has been closely involved with the Turntables on the Hudson scene for close to 12 years. Visini has produced dozens of albums as Zeb, the Spy From Cairo and the Organic Grooves project. He has also remixed albums by Baba Maal, Tosca, Billie Holliday and Novalima.
Arabadub skillfully mixes the infectious energy of dub beats with mesmerizing Arabic melodies.
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Author: Angel Romero
Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music and progressive music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel produced several specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music and electronic music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World, Lektronic Soundscapes, and Mindchild Records. Angel is currently based in Durham, North Carolina.