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Saturday, February 23, 2008
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 http://cdbaby.com/cd/shusmo.
- 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 http://cdbaby.com/cd/malikazarra) 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: http://www.brooklynartscouncil.org/documents/64
Brooklyn Arts Council: http://www.brooklynartscouncil.org
Tareq Abboushi and Shusmo: http://www.shusmo.com
Malika Zarra: http://www.myspace.com/malikazarra and http://www.malikazarra.com
Listings of the festival events are also included in Rob’s concert page, http://www.wfmu.org/world
This Week's Playlist:(* = new)
Sat. 2/23/08 6:53pm
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
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
great music today on the show !
Sat. 2/23/08 7:48pm
yes, super good music, many thanks !!!
Sat. 2/23/08 8:23pm
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
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!