El Gusto Orchestra of Algiers

Blues From The Casbah

The Jewish-Muslim El Gusto Orchestra reclaims the chaabi sound of Algiers before the revolution.

07/30/2013
Special To The Jewish Week
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It seems as if every culture has one, a signature populist musical genre that speaks from the heart of a people, that expresses some unique national passion, pride and longing. In Portugal it’s fado, Spain flamenco, Greece rebetiko, the U.S. blues and bluegrass. It’s the music of the poor, sometimes of the underworld.

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