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Emil Zrihan - "Ashkelon"

Emil Zrihan - Ashkelon
artist:
Emil Zrihan

title:
Ashkelon

style:
Flamenco / Jewish

release year:
1998

price:
15.00 €

label:
Piranha

format:
CD



Description

Emil Zrihan, cantor of the synagogue in Ashkelon kept the Judeo-Andalusian and folk traditions of his mother country Morocco alive in his heart. Following the immense success on stage here at last is the international debut album by the man nicknamed the voice of the mocking bird. The impressive vocal range and power of Zrihans counter tenor express both the emotional intensity of North African religious songs and the vivacity of Andalusian music. His fascinating mawals (improvisations) are subtly enhanced by the oud, violin, accordion and darbouka which repeat the themes with spirit and gusto. The upbeat rhythmic tempo with its Mediterranean flavour alternates with passages imbued with the languor of the Orient, a mix which evokes the family gatherings, the songs and the dances of the Sephardic culture. The guest of honour on this album, Baldi Olier adds the sensitivity tempered with pride of his guitar playing style which stems from the purest of flamenco tradition. The producer Yossi Fine has managed to capture the strength of Emil Zrihans extraordinary voice, adding bass and both African and Brazilian percussion to the traditional instruments, thereby conferring on this album a sound which is at once profound and elegant, light and playful and which invites the listeners to move and shake, to click their fingers, to clap their hands, and inevitably to dance.

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Tracklist

No.   Title
1. Habibi Dyalin
2. Mahani-Zin
3. Bin El Barah Oul Youm - Mawal
4. Bin El Barah Oul Youm
5. Ana Dini Din Alah
6. Kochav Tzedek - Mawal
7. Kochav Tzedek
8. MaYafou Dadaich - Mawal
9. Ma Yafou Dadaich
10. Maka Shelishit - Mawal
11. Maka Shelishit

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