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4289 Kemani Cemal - Sulukule - Rom (Gypsy) Music of Istanbul

SKU: $16.99
'Kemani Cemal plays with superb assurance, and is supported by his band, each of whom is a pyrotechnic virtuoso in his own right...'' Songlines ''Kemani Cemal has the ornery tone of a backwoods fiddler'' The New York Times ''a dazzling show of impassioned playing'' Baltimore City Paper ''Cemal's long, serpentine solos slither over percolating rhythms...'' Chicago Reader ''heated, heartfelt playing...over enticing rhythmic beds. Improvisational and emotional abandon, spun off of simple themes....'' Jazz Times Sulukule is a legendary district of Istanbul famous for Rom (Gypsy) music and bellydance. Recorded in Istanbul, this album features Kemani Cemal, one of Turkey's greatest Roma violinists, performing some of the most exciting and authentic renditions of rhythmic dances such as the ciftetelli and karsilama. INCLUDES COMPREHENSIVE LINER NOTES ON THE HISTORY OF ROM MUSIC AND DANCE IN ISTANBUL, WITH TURKISH LYRICS AND ENGLISH TRANSLATIONS. Recorded in the 1970s, this album became legendary among Middle Eastern musicians in Turkey and the US. Since its reissue in 2000, the 75-year-old Kemani Cemal and his Sulukule ensemble, featuring the extraordinary old-style bellydancer Berguzar (herself in her late 60s), have been invited to perform at concerts and festivals in Europe and North America.
Category:Belly Dance