Various Artists feat. Watcha Clan, Bi Kidude Baraka and more
Orient Noir – A West-Eastern Divan (Piranha Musik CD-PIR2545, 2012)
German label Piranha Musik presents Orient Noir, a new serving of its Noir series. As the title implies, the focus is on the musics that cross boundaries. The collection was selected by music producer and collector Dr. Bertram Nickolay. Orient Noir – A West-Eastern Divan delivers music with Arabic and Jewish roots, from the eastern Mediterranean to the Maghreb in North Africa.
Dr. Nickolay did a pretty good job with the selection as the album flows very nicely. Highlights include the taarab classic “Pakistani” by Tanzanian legend Bi Kidude Baraka, from Zanzibar, who recently announced her retirement from live performances; Egyptians Salwa Abou Geisha, Mahmoud Fadl and Samy El Bably; Israeli artists Emil Zrihan and Ruth Yaakov; Lebanon’s Ihsan Al-Mounzer; and Watcha Clan’s Im Nin’ Alu Intro.
Dr. Bertram Nickolay is a computer engineer and an expert in image processing at the Fraunhofer Institute for Production Facilities and Construction Technology in Berlin. He has worked on reconstructing Stasi (the secret police of the former East Germany) documents.
Fans of modern Middle Eastern and lounge music will enjoy this laid back combination of vocal and instrumental styles.
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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.