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Three years after being written about in this space and two years after performing live on WFMU, the miraculous return of saxophone legend Giuseppi Logan has received its highest-profile acknowledgment to date with this recent piece in the New York Times.
The attention has been good for Mr. Logan, who's reportedly sold numerous copies of his last CD at his regular busking gigs in Tompkins Square Park. Better yet, a Kickstarter campaign, created to fund distribution of another Logan recording, has now been swamped, thanks to a mention in the Times piece. Even better, since the Kickstarter effort has surpassed its goal, word is that some of the additional $$$ may be used to help repair Logan's damaged saxophone!
Abderrahim Amrani ~ Hamadsha Tunes from Fez
(Blog: Moroccan Tape Stash)
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"The performer, Abderrahim Amrani, is the muqaddem of a Fez branch of the brotherhood as well as a versatile musician proficient in a number of genres. See yala.fm for his biography (and some questionable pop versions of Moroccan trance tunes.) Or check out more tunes and video on the Fez Hamadsha website or on their MySpace page! The music on this tape features the guinbri (not the large guinbri used by the Gnawa, but a smaller variety) and the large clay goblet drum known as gwal, along with clapping and singing. Not heard here is the ghaita oboe, which the Hamadsha use in some parts of their ceremony." (Description by Tim Abdellah, at Moroccan Tape Stash)