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Abdel Hadi Halo And The El Gus

Abdel Hadi and the El Gus Halo Audio CD

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In Autumn 2006, Honest Jon's production team (Yucef Adel, Mark Ainley, Damon Albarn and Alan Scholefield) traveled to Algeria to set up their recording equipment in the Conservatoire d'Algiers, in front of an orchestra of thirty-one local musicians. The popular music they played - Chaabi - is unique to Algeria and to the cosmopolitan community that flourished in the post-WWII Casbah of its capital city. Though its roots reach back more than 450 years, to the Andalusian music of Moorish Spain, Chaabi also takes in the contemporary soundtrack of the era - chanson, some Jazz, snatches of Tango, a little boogie-woogie - and the result is a swirling and improvisatory sound, surging from the haunted to the bluesy, the devotional to the knees-up. Honest Jon's. 2007.

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Gritty, Grungy Chaabi from Algiers June 7 2013
By Ronald Gold - Published on Amazon.com
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Here is a rarity well worth exploring: Chaabi. Using standard Arab-Andalusian music as a base, Muslim and Jewish artists with a gritty urban sensitivity added a bit of jazz, blues, etc., and came up with something that, to me, sounds more like Greek Rembetica than anything else I know.

This style virtually disappeared with the independence of Algeria but leader/pianist Abdel Hadi Halo and his producers from Honest Jons have pulled a Ry Cooder here and rounded up some oldtimers for this recording. They do a really good job vocally and on their mostly Middle Eastern instruments, and they create a great, grungy atmosphere. Their names are listed, but one can't tell who's doing what on a particular track, because the album notes are entirely English translations of the lyrics. This made it necessary to look elsewhere for info, but the poetic cries to God for help with love gone wrong did add quite a bit to my appreciation of the enterprise.
4.0 out of 5 stars Mesmerizing Music Sept. 12 2013
By Susan Kirshner - Published on Amazon.com
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Abdel Hadi Halo & the El Gusto Orchestra of Algire is a CD I could listen to for hours and still want more.
The rhythms are almost hypnotic. I would recommend this CD to anyone who enjoys Middle Eastern music.
4.0 out of 5 stars Unfamiliiar with the genre... Aug. 20 2013
By Doreen Meyer - Published on Amazon.com
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...but really enjoyed this, The voices have clearly aged, and carry their history--but the instrumental music is fantastic. Sadly, I don't speak the language and there are no liner notes to give the full meaning...that would make it perfect, I think.
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it Aug. 9 2013
By Asma - Published on Amazon.com
Quel beau cadeau merci the soul of Algiers, Chaabi music ,Vive le Chaabi vive El Gusto !Et vive L'Algerie.Sensations agréables en ecoutant ca la nostalgie :)
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1.0 out of 5 stars Wasn't what I expected Sept. 12 2013
By Tristan - Published on Amazon.com
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I heard a review of this performance group on NPR and the musical selections sounded very interesting.

This c.d. however is gravely voiced old men sing/shouting in Arabic. The sound is grating and extremely unpleasant. I wasted my money and threw it away.

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