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"The Blues Metaphor" (Moroccan Roll column from The Beat, Vol. 27 #4)

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_The Blues Metaphor_ (Moroccan Roll column from Vol. 27 #4) — discusses the often-tenuous use of the blues as a metaphor to describe and pigeonhole genres of popular and traditional music, particularly music from Africa or the African diaspora).

Tinariwin -- a "bluesy" Tuareg band

Written by Jeffrey Callen

December 13, 2009 at 3:37 pm

“The Sentir is a Whole Civilization” (Moroccan Roll column from The Beat, Vol. 27 # 3)

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“The Sentir is a Whole Civilization” (Moroccan Roll column from Vol. 27 # 3) — A look at the use of Gnawa music, particularly the sentir (or hajhouj), in Moroccan pop music from the ’70s Folk Revival (i.e., Nass el Ghiwane) to “fusion” efforts of the last decade in Morocco, Algeria and beyond

Gnawa sentir of hajhouj

Written by Jeffrey Callen

December 13, 2009 at 1:55 pm

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