Thursday, June 11, 2009

Muslim Voices Festival 2009

We live too far from New York to partake in its cultural wonders these days, but I wish we could go to Muslim Voices, which is finishing its run this week. YouTube must bring the Muslim Voices to us. Here's a small sampling of world music excellence.

Said Guissi's Aissawa Ensemble from Fes, Morocco. Incredibly, I've been to Fes! It's an amazing place, especially the Medina which is medieval in age. If you ever go, get a guide--you'll need one in the tremendous and ancient maze that is the Medina.

Faiz Ali Faiz and his ensemble - master of qawwali, Pakistani Sufi praise song.

Kamilya Jubran is originally from Israel and tours through Europe and the Middle East, singing and playing the oud.

With Gilles Coronado, covering All Along the Watchtower with an oud.

Brahim Fribgane playing the doumbek, a traditional North African drum.

Youssou N'Dour is one of my favorites. He's from Senegal and a giant in world music.

7 Seconds with Neneh Cherry. You just can't go wrong with Neneh Cherry.

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