24 April 2012
Monday's mp3: Where's Babylon?
Yes, it's Tuesday, but I'm still calling this Monday's mp3. Such is the power I wield over the Internets.
Curiously, my subconscious didn't link "Bablylon" with Iraqi music. Or or even Middle Eastern music in general. When I recently received a CD called Life Sometimes Doesn't Give You Space from an unknown group called Light in Babylon, my mind told me it reggae. No question.
But it isn't.
In fact, Light in Babylon is an international group, with an Israeli singer of Iranian origin (Michal Elia Kamal), a Turkish santur player (Mete Ciftci), a French guitarist (Julien Demarque), and friends from these and other nations.
Their music is Middle-Eastern flavored, though it crosses boundaries liberally and doesn't hew strictly to any particular tradition. Their mission, the band's website says, is to give "through music all the love, hope and peace that it carries in his heart with the wish that every human will follow the vision of a world full of light."
So, I stand corrected. And it makes me curious how the reggae set so co-opted the concept of Babylon in music. And in my mind. I'll look into that. In the meantime, enjoy this fresh engaging album.
At least I still have power over the days of the week.
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