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Lebanese
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on 18 May 2003
Clotaire K is from Montpellier in France, and has an Egyptian father and a Lebanese mother. The pieces on his album "Libanese" (Lubnani) are a remarkable and powerful combination of Arabic popular music of a generation ago reminiscent of great female singers like Fairuz and Umm Kalthoum with a hip-hop all his own in Arabic, English and French, and a strong rhythm. I write as a retired English professor of philosophy with particular tastes in classical Western music who, up to now, found rap etc. difficult to hack. Good for him! This album is a real eye-opener (or ear-opener). The enunciation is very clear, so that all I need to do now is to get my ears round the colloquial Arabic and French (already part-way there), and be happy to switch languages.
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on 28 July 2003
With indian fusion being sucked into the mainstream, the sub-culture generators are looking towards the middle-east. Already there is a proliferation of albums such as Arabesque, Arabic Chillout et al.
Clotaire K could be thought of as an exponent of the very same movement. Thankfully, its not. The music here is a mixture of frech hip-hop and arabic instrumentisations. It feels like it should be the soundtrack of La Haine (if Asian Dub Foundation haden't gotten there already).
The opener (Maqam) has Natasha Atlas doing her thing over some edgy delivery (and my favourite track on the album). Deedar Zaman (ex-ADF) lends a hand in Emigrate. The production is superb- use of samples and vocalists clever- and the content angry. Highly recommended.
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