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Kassidat: Raw 45s from Morocco

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  • Audio CD (16 Sept. 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Dust To Digital
  • ASIN: B00EJJSTLK
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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"Kassidat: Raw 45s from Morocco" is a full-length album that features six extended tracks from the Golden Age of the Moroccan record industry.|| After Morocco gained its independence in 1956, Moroccan-owned record labels sprouted and flourished in Casablanca. The inexpensive 45 rpm format allowed the record companies to release thousands of songs during the 1960s, creating a snapshot of the raw and hypnotic Berber music that thrived throughout Morocco. Powerful traditional styles were still alive and well at this time and untouched by international pop influences. "Kassidat" looks back at this era and presents it anew for audiences hungry for intense and authentic folk music. David Murray is the curator of Haji Maji (www.HajiMaji.com), a blog dedicated to the exploration 78 rpm Asian music, as well as shellachead.com, a blog featuring 78s from around the world. He previously produced Dust-to-Digital's "Luk Thung: Classic & Obscure 78s from the Thai Countryside," as well as the forthcoming "Longing for the Past", a 4 CD set of Southeast Asian 78s. In the digital era, local cultures are dissolving rapidly into a global swirl of data, and in reaction the local is being rediscovered with a mix of nostalgia and constructive revaluation . Kassidat retrieves a selection of Moroccan pop conceived specifically for local ears, recorded in the 1960s, a brief interlude between the retreat of European colonialism in the mid-50s and the advent of the international musical fashions in t he 70s. Acoustic instruments from the region tightly arranged around driving polyrhythms, and poetic lyrics sung with passion in vernacular Arabic ; that's the raw material of these six visceral, smouldering, stylistically various sides gathered from dusty 45 rpm singles. Some of the songs spring from village festivals, others from the streets and marketplaces of Marrakech or other Moroccan cities. Gritty traces of physical place restored to vinyl and recycling evocatively in auditory space. Wire Magazine Incredible collection of traditional Arabic & Berber 45s from the Golden era of Moroccan recording industry. Boomkat

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5.0 out of 5 stars Great fun 8 Jan. 2014
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As it says in the description, this is a compilation of 45s from after Moroccan independence in 1956. My knowledge of Arabic language music is hardly extensive, but these recordings sound close to traditional with some western influence. Lots of call and response vocals from male and female singers, stringed instruments and drums. I find it both cheerful and danceable, I haven't really wanted to listen to anything else for the past week.
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