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“The Virtual Maghreb” (The Beat, Vol. 28 #1 — 2009)

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The Virtual Maghreb:  “The digital world has created greater access for artists, particularly those from small markets whether due to geography, language or genre. Particularly good news for alternative artists in small countries and that brings us to alternative music artists in Morocco. The virtual world has created a platform for alternative artists in Morocco (hip-hop, fusion, rock, electronica, singer-songwriters) that was hardly imaginable 10 years ago.” {Click on the link to read more}

Reda Allali of Casablanca rockers Hoba Hoba Spirit

Written by Jeffrey Callen

December 15, 2009 at 1:29 pm

"The Virtual Maghreb" (The Beat, Vol. 28 #1 — 2009)

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The Virtual Maghreb:  “The digital world has created greater access for artists, particularly those from small markets whether due to geography, language or genre. Particularly good news for alternative artists in small countries and that brings us to alternative music artists in Morocco. The virtual world has created a platform for alternative artists in Morocco (hip-hop, fusion, rock, electronica, singer-songwriters) that was hardly imaginable 10 years ago.” {Click on the link to read more}

Reda Allali of Casablanca rockers Hoba Hoba Spirit

Written by Jeffrey Callen

December 15, 2009 at 1:29 pm

“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 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

“Family Ties” (Moroccan Roll column from The Beat, Vol. 27 #2)

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Family Ties (my first “Moroccan Roll” column in The Beat in 2008) — Tarik Batma was an early member of the fusion movement in Morocco in the 1990s. He is also belongs to an influential musical lineage, the Batma family: his father and uncle were prime movers in the ’70s Folk Revival (Morocco’s first fusion movement).

Tarik Batma

Written by Jeffrey Callen

December 12, 2009 at 4:55 pm

"Family Ties" (Moroccan Roll column from The Beat, Vol. 27 #2)

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Family Ties (my first “Moroccan Roll” column in The Beat in 2008) — Tarik Batma was an early member of the fusion movement in Morocco in the 1990s. He is also belongs to an influential musical lineage, the Batma family: his father and uncle were prime movers in the ’70s Folk Revival (Morocco’s first fusion movement).

Tarik Batma

Written by Jeffrey Callen

December 12, 2009 at 4:55 pm

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