Friday, September 10, 2010

Adel Samameh, Naziha Assoz, Eyal Sela, Asaf Sirkis - Nuzha (Promenade)

From the record label:
"Released on Arion in 2000, Adel Salameh's Nuzha - Promenade is one of those wonderful albums whose music utterly defies categorization. The music is rooted in the Arabic and North African classical traditions but includes elements of Turkish, Persian and Indian music while also bridging art music and popular styles. It is world music in the best sense of that term...Adel Salameh, an acclaimed oud virtuoso who studied the instrument and the classical Arabic art music tradition and repertoire with the great Munir Bachir, like all great musicians doesn't subscribe to music being confined by cultural barriers or any one nation. On Nuzha - Promenade, the Nablus-born and Paris-based Salameh performs with two Israeli musicians sharing the same sensibilities...They are joined by Algerian-born singer Naziha Azzouz, Salameh's wife, whose background is in Andalusian music, the Arabo-Judaic music of Moorish Spain (Al Andalus in Arabic, Sefarad in Hebrew) and North Africa...An utterly compelling as well as consistent album throughout, Adel Salameh's Nuzha - Promenade is essential in any Middle Eastern art music or contemporary world music collection. With its strong ties to Mizrakhi and Sephardi/Andalusian music, it is equally essential in any comprehensive contemporary Jewish Mizrakhi or Sephardi music collection. It's already one of my three top favourite East/East albums. Irresistible"
Download:
Adel Samameh, Naziha Assoz, Eyal Sela, Asaf Sirkis - Nuzha (Promenade)