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September 17, 2021 6:07 AM   Subscribe

Chris Silver (Gharamaphone): "In May 2020, I posted Sariza Cohen's stunning recording of 'أَشْكُوا الْغَـرَامَ' (Ashku al-gharam) [Soundcloud], released ... in 1938. This is the other side of that record [Soundcloud]. It is no less remarkable. Here the pianist and vocalist from Oran performs a composition by Algerian Jewish impresario Edmond Nathan Yafil." More on Yafil in "Breaking the Colonial Spell" by Jonathan Glasser, whose introductory anthro lecture "What is a Boundary Good For?" also reflects on Line Monty, Alice Fitoussi, and Salim Hilali. A detail connecting her to music trends in metropolitan France and the US is that Sariza Cohen's brothers operated the well-known Café des Ambassadeurs (producing a revue by Cole Porter) and Maxsa record label (helping popularize jazz etc.).
posted by Wobbuffet (2 comments total) 21 users marked this as a favorite
Surprisingly great for songs that aren't among the greatest 500 of all time. A much appreciated post for those of us happy to settle for less.
posted by gusottertrout at 8:46 AM on September 17 [3 favorites]

That first recording by Sariza Cohen is stunning. I must’ve listened to it twenty times today, and every time it feels utterly fresh. What an incredible musician!
posted by Kattullus at 2:11 PM on September 17 [2 favorites]

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