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Cheb i Sabbah Has Left the Planet
November 7, 2013 10:12 PM   Subscribe

Cheb i Sabbah's family has announced his passing at the age of 66. His unique world music creations have been cherished by dancers, trancers, and thinkers alike for decades.

After a brief reprieve from the worst effects of Stage IV stomach cancer thanks to a massive fundraising effort to counter his lack of insurance, he was able to return to his beloved San Francisco and pursue his passion again, sadly for only a few months.

His influence lives on in son Elijah, aka Opium Sabbah [9/11 trigger warning: video on page] and in so many others.
posted by batmonkey (26 comments total) 11 users marked this as a favorite

 
Terrible news. Thanks for posting.

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posted by mykescipark at 10:20 PM on November 7, 2013


Oh no.

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posted by /\/\/\/ at 10:27 PM on November 7, 2013


Been getting a slew of messages from people about his passing. So sad. His parties in the Lower Haight back in the 90s were the best. Ciao, man.

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posted by koucha at 4:32 AM on November 8, 2013


wow. I spent many hours working and listening to his work. Thanks for doing what you did Cheb i Sabbah!
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posted by rednikki at 12:53 PM on November 8, 2013


What's with the periods?
posted by gardenbex at 3:59 PM on November 8, 2013


Local parlance for a moment of silence.
posted by rtha at 4:00 PM on November 8, 2013


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Damn shame.
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posted by mike3k at 11:16 PM on November 8, 2013


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Met him a couple of times, several friends of mine from the Indian music community worked closely with him from Shri Durga on. A true connoisseur of several traditions with an unerring ear for bringing them into a blend too good to merely be called "worldbeat". A big loss.
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posted by kuppajava at 9:04 AM on November 10, 2013


*sigh* That's what I get for not reading MeFi for awhile. I just heard about this, as a lot of his friends are holding an benefit on Thursday to honor his life and legacy.

Very sad. I fully expected to see him perform again soon locally, as it seemed he had won his battle with cancer, so I'm a bit shocked and quite sad to hear this.

I talked with him a few times after his events, and am a big fan of his, dating back to his local world music radio broadcasts when I was just a teen. It didn't occur to me at the time who it was I was listening to that was playing all that wonderful music, but I put it together after seeing him live and, later, talking to him.

He performed one of the absolute best DJ sets I have ever seen in my life. He was also a promoter, and brought world-class talent to perform live in the Bay Area. I wrote this review for one of his concerts for a popular belly dancing website. He was absolutely beloved in the belly dancing community too.

It seems like everything he touched had more heart, beauty, and depth for his efforts, but he was a profoundly kind individual. Irreplaceable, frankly. There's a big, deep hole in this town's music scene, and nothing to fill it with but lots of love and memories.
posted by markkraft at 4:50 PM on November 16, 2013


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