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June 09, 2005

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Thanks for saying that about me. Your blog was always a wonderful source too.

keep the good work coming :-)

I just got the new Marcel Khalife album, _Caress_ which I like a lot. My favorite is the 3rd track called "Granada" which is flamenco on the oud. Another fine Lebanese artist who gets a lot of local airplay is Claude Chalhoub.

However, by far my all-time favorite oud album is _Assarouf_ by Algerian oudist Baly Othmani and American percussionist Steve Shehan. I put the camel's dance track called "Azouiegh Illougan" on my workout playlist as it's about as motivating as any music I own.

Anyone who likes rousing and inventive "world music" would do well to check out the "Tangents" radio show hosted by Dore Stein, www.tangents.com. Locally "Tangents" can be heard on KALW 91.7 FM at 8 PM on Saturday nights. Globally Tangents can be heard as a webcast from www.kalw.org. I've heard Khalife, Chalhoub, Rachid Taha, Tiniwaren, Baly Othmani, DJ Cheb I Sabbah, Shabaz, Khaled, Natasha Atlas and many more related artists on "Tangents."

Last but not least I'd like to mention the new group with the best name, Duoud. Say this out loud a few times, you'll smile! http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B000075A3K/qid%3D1118610469/sr%3D11-1/ref%3Dsr%5F11%5F1/002-3259616-6676050

Disclaimer: okay so I am part of a booster club for KALW.

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