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Anouar Brahem's new album Souvenance is a response to the Arab Spring, steeped in four years of personal reflection.
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June 16, 2015 The Tunisian oud player's latest album, Souvenance, is his response to the Arab Spring after years of reflection. Betto Arcos has his story.
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July 13, 2006 Remembering Pink Floyd's Syd Barrett; Quirky, D.I.Y. indie pop from Boat; The stark duality of Canada's Arctic; New music from Radiohead's Thom Yorke; Singer-songwriter Mason Jennings; Gentle new folk from Nick Castro; New Arabic music from Anouar Brahem.
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December 30, 2002 Putting this list together and hearing this music again was great fun. This year on All Songs Considered we featured more than 120 artists and listened to thousands of others. In the end, these are the ones that stuck with us. They're the songs that you listened to the most or that drew the most e-mail. Hearing them all together is a wonderful way to look back at the year.
November 17, 2002 In Anouar Brahem's native Tunisia, the oud is known today mainly in the context of loud and large ensembles that leave it all but buried in a dervish of sound. But Brahem highlights the stringed instrument in a delicate, often introspective context. On his new CD, Le pas du chat noir, the oud is part of an unlikely trio including piano and accordion. He talks with Liane Hansen on Weekend Edition Sunday.
October 28, 2002 Electric guitar great Charlie Christian; The unnatural sounds of Blip Hop; Reviving the Breton harp with Alan Stivell; A gorgeous new CD from Anouar Brahem; Canadian twin sisters Tegan and Sara; And battling pink robots with The Flaming Lips.
October 22, 2002 Anouar Brahem, the Tunisian master of the Oud, the predecessor of the lute and guitar, took a break recently from his beloved instrument ... to play the piano. When he returned to the Oud, he created a new role for its ancient voice. Michelle Mercer has a review of Brahem's latest CD Le Pas Du Chat Noir, (The Black Cat's Footsteps) on ECM Records.
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