Mixtape of funky Arabic tunes from the ’60s and ’70s collected by Jannis of Jakarta Records
While some great pre-Revolution funky Persian pop music from Iran has been reissued in the past decade, there’s little known about funky music on vinyl from the Arab world, including North Africa. A few traveling diggers have unearthed a few pieces here and there that have made their way back to mostly European rare-groove heads, but not much else.
“I got to travel a lot in North Africa in the last years through touring with Blitz the Ambassador,” says Jannis, “and the studio session with Oddisee for Sawtuha in Tunisia. While being there, I did some digging and found some incredible music from the ’60s and ’70s. Some of the music in this mix has zero info on the Net, was never sold on eBay, and has not been ‘rediscovered’ yet. Others are somewhat classics in the field of ‘Arabic groove.’ The music in this mix comes from Morocco, Libya, Egypt, Algeria, Lebanon, and Syria.”
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