V/A Choubi Choubi! Folk and Pop Sounds From Iraq CD review [Sublime Frequencies]

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V/A Choubi Choubi! Folk and Pop Sounds From Iraq CD review [Sublime Frequencies]
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Apr 11, 2007, 16:22

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VARIOUS ARTISTS Choubi Choubi! Folk and Pop Sounds From Iraq CD

Who'd have thought that Baghdad was something of a beacon of musical innovation? Thanks to the good folks at Sublime Frequencies, this and other curiosities continue to inform a generation of music consumers who could use an education on such matters. Compiled and edited by Mark Gergis from a wide range of LPs and tapes discovered in Syria, Europe, and, erm, Michigan, this compilation of pop and folk tunes is made up of mostly modern sounds, many in the choubi style, a musical form that incorporates dance and heavy rhythms. With its rapid drums and off kilter sounds, Muslimgauze could've sampled this entire CD. The best tracks here are the only ones that predate the 80s, and are all by Jaafar Hassan, who's LP Let's Sing Together, excerpted here, is a socialist psych folk album that transcends religion and ethnicity, and also happens to make for pretty great listening. [Sublime Frequencies]

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