Watcha Clan, Bi Kidude Baraka & More - "Orient Noir"
Watcha Clan, Bi Kidude Baraka & More
Orient Noir presents a collection of tender oriental rhythms and mesmerising melodies, tastefully selected by the renowned music curator and collector Dr. Bertram Nickolay. Elegant Arabic-oriental traditions meet the rich heritage of Jewish-oriental music and create an east-west divan of 14 outstanding musical pieces.
Orient Noir leads the listener on a magic carpet ride over a colourful landscape of oriental culture that, even today, seems different and unexplored to us. The west and south coasts of the Mediterranean sea are connected by ancient bonds - maybe this is the reason why the sound of the Orient touches the Western world so deeply.
The musical kaleidoscope gives cultural insight into a region that has recently experienced a revolutionary awakening into a new era. Starting from the North African Maghreb via the Near and Middle East, the music enchants the listener with lively examples of how, much more than in Western culture, music is still deeply rooted in oriental culture and keeps flourishing at celebrations like weddings and religious festivities alike.
Orient Noir features a variety of Nubian Wedding Dances, Turkish-Sephardic chants, and Oriental Dance music from Lebanon, as well as typical patterns of popular music like North African Chaabi music and electronic instruments finding their way into today's oriental music.
Watcha Clan (Marseille / France) renew Ofra Haza's old Yemenite hymn and world pop-hit "Im Nin'Alu", Bi Kidude Baraka (Zanzibar) sings the melancholic Taarab classic "Pakistani" from Eastern Africa's shore to the Indian Ocean. Also included: from Beirut / Lebanon: Ihsan Al-Mounzer; from Cairo / Egypt: Mahmoud Fadl, Salwa Abou Greisha, Samy El Bably; from Jerusalem: Ruth Yaakov; from New York City: Frank London and Susan Sandler; from Oran und Marseille: Maurice El Médioni; from Rabat und Ashkalon: Emil Zrihan; from Vladicin Han / Serbia: Boban i Marko Markovic.
The Bonus title features Efendi‘s Garden's oriental Krautrock rarity from the 70s.
Get into the oriental mood with "Orient Noir" by Wachta Clan, Bi Kidude Baraka & More...