Written Then, Heard Now: Reimagining Old Texts Through Global Songs KPFK's Betto Arcos spins four time-traveling songs that repurpose old texts — including an Iraqi poem and a folk song from Communist Albania — by setting them to modern music from around the world.
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Written Then, Heard Now: Reimagining Old Texts Through Global Songs

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Written Then, Heard Now: Reimagining Old Texts Through Global Songs

Written Then, Heard Now: Reimagining Old Texts Through Global Songs

Written Then, Heard Now: Reimagining Old Texts Through Global Songs

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On her album Dallëndyshe, Albanian singer Elina Duni takes up folk songs once used as propaganda by the Communist regime in her home country and reimagines them as modern-day jazz. Nicolas Masson/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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On her album Dallëndyshe, Albanian singer Elina Duni takes up folk songs once used as propaganda by the Communist regime in her home country and reimagines them as modern-day jazz.

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Words don't have to stay on the page, and music doesn't have to stay in the time of its creation. The four artists collected by DJ Betto Arcos, a frequent All Things Considered guest who hosts Global Village on KPFK in Los Angeles, know this.

On this visit to the program, Arcos showcases musicians from Algeria, Mali, Italy and Albania who have infused historic poems, stories and folk tunes with new music and new meaning. Hear the conversation with host Arun Rath at the audio link, and listen to the songs below.

Reimagining Old Poems and Songs

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03Jamais quand il faut

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    Au Pays d'Alice
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    Ibrahim Maalouf & Oxmo Puccino
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    2014

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Au Pays d'Alice
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Au Pays d'Alice
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03Ayna

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    Ayna
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    Mtakallimun (Masters of the World)
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    Souad Massi
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    Souad Massi
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    2015

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Mtakallimun (Masters of the World)
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Souad Massi
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02Sytë

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    Sytë
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    Dallëndyshe
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    Elina Duni Quartet
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    ECM
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    2015

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Dallëndyshe
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Dallëndyshe
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Elina Duni Quartet
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ECM
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2015

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02Taranta

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    Taranta
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    Taranta Project
    Artist
    Ludovico Einaudi
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    Ponderosa
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    2015

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Taranta Project
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Ludovico Einaudi
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Ponderosa
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