Rough Guide to Latin Arabia

Rough Guide to Latin Arabia

     
 
The connection between Latin and North African and Middle Eastern music predates the success of Shakira. You can find it first with the Islamic conquest of Spain, where the cultures first mixed, and it's evident in the music of Spain's Radio Tarifa (whose singer, Benjamin Escoriza, has a track here, infused with

Overview

The connection between Latin and North African and Middle Eastern music predates the success of Shakira. You can find it first with the Islamic conquest of Spain, where the cultures first mixed, and it's evident in the music of Spain's Radio Tarifa (whose singer, Benjamin Escoriza, has a track here, infused with flamenco passion). But everything here crosses musical borders, like the cut from Emil Zrihan, which merges the sound of the Jewish cantor with flamenco in startling and superb fashion. Latin America gets a look through both Maurice el Medioni, the great Algerian pianist, where Arab and Cuban music come together in a gorgeously melodic fashion, and Rhany's take on the Cuban standard "Chan Chan," which keeps the basis of the song intact but puts a completely different frame around it. Egyptian star Amr Diab shows himself to be Shakira's equal, just looking at the music from a different geographical perspective. Anyone who approaches this expecting a bunch of Shakira pop clones is going to be disappointed, but hopefully entertained, too. This far rootsier approach offers a musically satisfying approach to a fusion avenue that's existed for centuries, but which has never been really explored -- this makes a great first step.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/07/2006
Label:
World Music Network
UPC:
0605633117523
catalogNumber:
1175
Rank:
108771

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Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Emil Zrihan   Track Performer
Benjamin Escoriza   Track Performer
Omar Faruk   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Brian Keane   Arranger
Juan Alberto Arteche   Composer
Arto Tuncboyaciyan   Composer
Yossi Fine   Arranger
Vincent Molino   Composer
Samy Goz   Arranger,Composer,Adaptation
Pedro Maza Luaces   Arranger,Composer,Adaptation
Charles Abelan   Arranger,Composer,Adaptation
Phil Stanton   Producer
Maurice el Medioni   Composer
Jose Luis Castillo   Arranger,Composer,Adaptation
Ronny Gold   Composer
Norbert Habib   Arranger,Composer,Adaptation
Traditional   Composer
Nili Belkind   Liner Notes
Benjamin Escoriza   Composer

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