Music, Migration and the Maghreb at Proteus Gowanus
Music, Migration and the Maghreb: Jewish-Muslim Musical Collaboration in North Africa and Beyond
Thursday, April 5, 8pm
By the beginning of the 20th century, the phonograph had become a fixture in bars, cafes and theaters across North Africa. With an eye toward a new market, the major international record labels soon moved in and recorded the greatest Jewish and Muslim musicians of their generation. The labels captured sounds that would come not only to define Arabic music in the region but also to preserve a fascinating history of Jewish-Muslim musical collaboration in the Maghreb.
By mid-century, North Africa and the music scene changed dramatically. In the immediate aftermath of Israel’s establishment and Moroccan, Algerian and Tunisian independence, thousands of Jews from across the region, including many of these musicians, made the Jewish state their new home. Israel held little promise of a continued career for these artists and almost no hope of continued collaboration — until a pioneering Moroccan immigrant found a cache of phonographs in a Jaffa flea market, started recording those around him and preserved this shared patrimony while enabling new styles to emerge.
Join us for this Migratory event, part of the yearlong exploration of Migration at Proteus Gowanus, and listen to rare records from North Africa and Israel.
Chris Silver runs jewishmorocco.blogspot.com and is currently working on a project to digitize rare Jewish North African 78s, LPs and EPs. To listen to these sounds, check out http://soundcloud.com/cbsilver.