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Saturday, February 23, 2008 Options
Brooklyn Maqam Arab Music Festival featuring Tareq Abboushi & Malika Zarra
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Tareq Abboushi, seated with buzuq, and his group Shusmo.

In March, 2008 the Brooklyn Arts Council is presented the Brooklyn Maqam Arab Music Festival. A plethora of Arab music traditions are represented in Brooklyn: The festival featured locally-based artists from across the Arab world.

Malika Zarra, from NJ by way of France and Morocco.

On this show we get a sneak preview of the festival, with guests:

- Tareq Abboushi, a fine young player of the buzuq, a long-necked lute that’s a cousin of the Greek bouzouki. Abboushi leads the NY-based quintet Shusmo and also has composed music for film - including a couple of Jonathan Demme soundtracks. Shushmo’s debut CD One is available via

- Malika Zarra, a talented young vocalist from Southern Morocco via France, who fuses Moroccan Berber (her mom’s roots) and Gnawa influences with Egyptian shaabi, French pop and jazz. Zarra released her first cd On the Ebony Road (available via in 2006. After the Maqam festival, she’s off to tour Europe with Gino Sitson’s a capella ensemble Vocal Deliria.

- Nicole Macotsis, Brooklyn Arts Council’s Folk Arts Associate (and a professional dancer) who will provide a festival overview.


Brooklyn Maqam Arab Music Festival:

Brooklyn Arts Council:

Tareq Abboushi and Shusmo:

Malika Zarra: and

Listings of the festival events are also included in Rob’s concert page,

This Week's Playlist:

(* = new)

Simon Shaheen: Sama'i Kurd Options / Performs Masterworks of the Middle East / CMP

Simon Shaheen: Bashraf Farahfaza Options / Performs Masterworks of the Middle East / CMP

Tareq Abboushi: Improvisation on the buzuq Options
Live at WFMU

Shusmo: Pouvoir Options / One

Malika Zarra: Run Options / On the Ebony Road

Ahmed Alrodin and Isaac Gutwilik: Sanani Dance Options

Fahim Dandan: Pop song (original) Options

Fahim Dandan: Wedding Processional (Zeffa) Options

Safaafir: Maqam Nawa Options / Maqams of Baghdad

Zikrayat: Tableau from the film "Ruined Honeymoon" Options / Live at Lotus

Samuel Thomas: Marrakesh Rumble Options / Asefa

Badakshan Ensemble: Rapo Options / Song and Dance of the Pamir Mountains / Smithsonian Folkways / *

Lunasa: Island Pady Options / The Kinnitty Sessions / Compass Records

Lo Jo: Under ze Fire Options / Fils de Zamal / WMD

Balkan Beat Box: Bulgarian Chicks Options / Balkan Beat Box / JDub

Roksonaki: Ne Shaman Options / Roksonaki

Zaleha Hamid: Keluar Masuk Options / Dangdut Bang / P-Vine

Benedicte Maurseth and Knut Hamre: Huldreslattar etter Eirik Medas Options / Rosa i Botnen / Heilo / *

Kakande: Mali Sadjo Options / Dununya / Jumbie / *

Listener comments!

  Sat. 2/23/08 6:53pm slugluv1313:

beautiful beautiful music! looking forward to going to at least some of these events (and Najeeb's amazing food!); they ALL sound incredible!!!!!!!

thanks so much, Rob, for featuring this festival on your show -- otherwise i probably never would have found out about it!
  Sat. 2/23/08 7:03pm alan t.:

Hello Rob,real interesting music ,must get over to CD Baby,later on to hear more from these great cd`s
  Sat. 2/23/08 7:07pm Ami G.:

great music today on the show !
Ami G.
tel aviv-israel
  Sat. 2/23/08 7:48pm felipe:

yes, super good music, many thanks !!!
  Sat. 2/23/08 8:23pm maccity:

wow, what a mix!! and which was the piece with the bagpipe, was that the Badakshan Ensemble? a beaut.
  Sat. 2/23/08 8:26pm Your dj:

Thanks for your comments. And thanks for hanging with a pretty talky show - but I really like to shed a little light on ambitious grassroots events like the Brooklyn Maqam festival - the kind of events that make it worth putting up with life in New York!
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