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11 December 2006

Radical Roots

A scene from 'Nuit Sans Lune'
Nuit Sans Lune

Radical Roots

Large men playing tiny lutes. To Cargo in Shoreditch last night for Luc Bongrand’s Nuit Sans Lune, a documentary on rebetiko, the Greek blues.

Blue as in Greek
SOAS Rebetiko

After the movie, soaked in the pity of Greek modern history, a dozen members of the SOAS Rebetiko Group set chairs in a circle for a jam session.

DJ Seb Merrick picked up his fiddle to join Luca Gatti’s Dr Cat Experience while Elif Tarakçi belly danced hypnotically. (You can see her at Luca’s Myspace page.)

Jewish hip-hop klezmerbass group Emunah were still playing when pumpkin hour struck. I hadda headfa bed, but not before hearing their two men vocalists, one Jewish, one Palestinian, perform a magnificent unsentimental piece about reconciliation.

Posted by SJT at December 11, 2006 01:31 PM


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