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May 26, 2006 Two distinctive and influential musicians passed away this week: Jamaican ska pioneer Desmond Dekker and Egyptian musician Hamza el Din. Dekker's 1969 hit "The Israelites" helped introduce Jamaica's vibrant music scene to the world. El Din's work on the oud (a six-stringed lute) highlighted traditional sounds of North Africa. In 1978, he helped arrange a performance of the Grateful Dead at the Great Pyramids.
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December 1, 2000 On this fifth edition of NPR's All Songs Considered, you'll hear the edgy guitar of Marc Ribot; a Cuban doo wop style band, Los Zafiros; the amazing tuba of Patrick Sheridan; dreams of the Nile with Hamza El Din; Bach performed on a baroque violin by Rachel Podger; the Beach Boys without the singing and a band you may never have heard, Monkeyworks.
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