Music from Algérie – Hasna El Bacharia

Hasna El Bécharia is extraordinary. She is still the only woman in the Maghreb to play gnawi music, a ceremonial beat that has remained an exclusively male preserve since the animist beliefs of the Bilad es-Sudan, (in Arabic, the Land of the Blacks – today’s Guinea, Senegal, Mali, Niger and Chad) encountered the monotheist faith of Islam from across the desert. Her choice has exposed her to a great deal of rejection and sarcasm, but Hasna’s mind and soul are irrevocably bound up with the mystic trance music learnt from her father, a pious man who was himself a maâllem or master of gnawi (the plural of gnawa) syncretism, a black Sufism forged by the descendants of sub-Saharan slaves in White Africa, also called diwan in East Algeria and stambali in Tunisia. Here is her song “Hakmet Lakdar”

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Music from Iran – Googoosh

Googoosh, born in 1951, is a female pop singer from Tehran, also known as Faegheh Atashin. Listen to her nice piece “Baghe Bi Bargi”:

Thanks for this nice suggestion, Orientaldrumming!

Music from Turkey – Cem Karaca

Cem Karaca, born in 1945 was a turkish rock singer who died in 2004. After an military coup in 1980, many intellectuals were arested, and so he left for an exile in Germany. My friend Emre is a big fan of him – for right! Listen to his amazing song “Oh Be”, including the “most turkish” instrument, the saz, or baglama. It’s a bout his wish to come back to his homeland Turkey. But he wasn’t allowed…

Listen to Mein Deutscher Freund

Music from the US – Lowkey

Lowkey is an US-american rapper and political activist of English and Iraqi descent. In 2012 he startet a hiatus to concentrate on his studies. Listen to his song “Long Live Palenstine”. For a palestine solution with peace. No war between the religions.

Music from Lebanon – Rabih Abou-Khalil

Rabih Abou-Khalil, born in 1957, is a libanese oud player and jazz and world music musician. Here’s his nice song “No Mar Das Tuas Pernas”:

Music from Sweden – Abba

I think everyone knows Abba, the popular swedish pop group formed in 1970 and active until 1982.

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