Muslim Musicians

Jazz only would be boring, right? Radio show for SWR about muslim musicians, starting with a story about the bass lute guembri with a track by Joshua Abrams & Natural Information Society, ending with a story about zoroastrianism with a song by Ariana Vafadari.

In between there is music by Sahib Shihab and Ahmad Khatab Salim, Kenny Clarke and John Lewis, Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers, Yusef Lateef, Rashied Ali and John Coltrane, Saadet Türköz and Elliott Sharp (pictured, photo by Mauro D’Agati) and Les Filles de Illighadad.

https://www.swr.de/swr2/musik-jazz-und-pop/allah-supreme-muslimische-jazzmusikerinnen-in-geschichte-und-gegenwart-swr2-nowjazz-2020-10-23-100.html

Opposition in exile – Tajikistan before the presidential election

Radio broadcast [in German] of September 5 for Deutschlandfunk, including quotes from Tim Epkenhans, Professor of Islamic Studies at the University of Freiburg, and Muhiddin Kabiri, Chairman of the Islamic Renaissance Party.

Here’s an additional quote from Tim Epkenhans:

The economic shock caused by COVID-19 will be severe in Tajikistan. If migrant workers’ remittances are missed for long periods of time, this is likely to put Tajik society under a great deal of stress. And this in turn can lead to forms of political and social protest, which is actually the greater danger I see at the moment.

Charlie Parker’s 100th birthday

My tribute to Charlie Parker on the occasion of his 100th birthday on August 29, published in the newspaper “taz”.

https://taz.de/100-Geburtstag-von-Charlie-Parker/!5704605/

Title image
Gottlieb, William P. Portrait of Charlie Parker, Carnegie Hall, New York, N.Y. United States, 1947. , Monographic. Photograph. https://www.loc.gov/item/gottlieb.06901/.

Listen to the 16 seconds of Charlie Parker’s solo in the orchestra of Jay McShann in 1942, which I describe at the beginning of my article