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Album Review

From the first note, I knew this was a winner. Kuban immediately brings to mind Abdel Aziz el-Mubarak - the tones and melodies are very similar, but Kuban has sped up the Nubian traditional rhythms and given them a raucous party feel anchored by a perfect electric bass. He has also incorporated James Brown's "jerk" dance into the beat in a way that's hard to notice it's so seamless. The instruments are tar, winds, accordion and percussion. If your friends won't dance to this, get new friends.


Born: 1933 in Gotha, Egypt

Genre: World

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s

Ali Hassan Kuban is a master singer and popularizer of Nubian music, a typically vocal expression native to the border region of Egypt and Sudan. In the mid '50s, Kuban added electric guitars, keys, a horn section, and percussion to his music, fusing traditional songs of love with uptempo pop instruments...
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