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FRANCE: Play it Again, Maurice, May 2003


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JUKEBOX OF JEWISH-ARABIC MUSIC
Selected by dj Cheb i Sabbah

INTERVIEW WITH MARCO WERMAN
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Historical and cultural context

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North African music, France and Algeria

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A Jukebox of Jewish-Arabic Music - Selected by dj Cheb i Sabah
In this FRONTLINE/World exclusive, a San Francisco-based world-music maestro pays homage to his Jewish and Arab musical roots. Check out dj Cheb i Sabbah's playlist of six songs that exemplify the rich, centuries-old traditions of Sephardic Jewish and Arabic-Andalusian music, kept alive and informed by the immigrant experiences of a new generation of North African musicians living in France.

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CHEIKH RAYMOND
"Chant d'Exil"
(Chant d'Exil, Magda, 1955)
From Constantine, Algeria, Cheikh Raymond is recognized by the musicians of his generation as one of the greats, if not the greatest. Cheikh Raymond sings about exile from an 18th-century popular text written in the North African literary and musical tradition known as Haouzi.



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ENRICO MACIAS
"Koum Tara"
(Hommage à Cheikh Raymond, Trema, 1999)
The spiritual son and actual son-in-law of Cheikh Raymond performs in a live concert with Cheb Mami, accompanied by Taoufik Bestandji, whose grandfather was Cheikh Raymond's teacher and master.


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ALICE FITOUSSI
"Stekhbar"
(Trésors de la Chanson Judéo-Arabe, Mélodie Distribution)
Alice Fitoussi was born near Constantine, Algeria, in 1916. One of the most famous Algerian singers, she stayed in Algeria after it won independence. She was the only Jewish singer who interpreted Medh (a religious repertory depicting the glories of the Prophet) for an Arab-Muslim audience. When she performed in front of Muslim women, her orchestra of accompanying musicians were all women, and when she performed in front of Muslim men, her orchestra was all male.


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REINETTE L'ORANAISE
"Qum Tara"
(Mémoires, Blue Silver, 1994)
Sultana Daoud, known as Reinette, was blind from an early age. Reinette was from Algeria and studied with Andalusian masters. Probably the most famous Algerian singer outside of Algeria, Reinette's musical style was straight out of Cordoba and Granada, cities in southern Spain with Moorish roots.


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SALIM HALALI
"La Danse de la Mariée"
(Salim Halali En Algérie, Les Artistes Arabes Associés, 1990)
From Annaba, Algeria, Salim Halali is a descendant of the Chaouia Berber tribe. The most famous "Oriental" singer, Halali made his career in France in the 1930s, 1940s and 1970s. His style influenced a whole generation of singers, including Enrico Macias.


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L'ENSEMBLE NAGUILA
"Ki Echmera Chabbat"
(Chants Mystiques Séfarades, L'Empreinte Digitale, 1999)
André Taïeb lives in France and sings at the Montpellier synagogue. This is a beautiful example of piyyutim (liturgical poems in Hebrew), which were first developed in Palestine and Babylonia. In the 10th century, Andalusian Spain became the greatest productive center of piyyut. After the expulsion of Jews from Spain during the Spanish Inquisition of 1492, piyyutim spread from Yemen to Tunisia and from Morocco to Aleppo, Syria.

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