Marseille - Mahgreb Rap, Algerian Rai, Pacific Creole, Congolese Rumba
The music of Marseille, allegedly the most racially harmonious of all of France's cities, and home to musicians from around the globe.
Always a fan of the cultural mix to be found in port towns, Andy went to the biggest port in Europe - Marseille, allegedly the most racially harmonious of all of France's cities, and home to musicians from around the globe.
From medieval Occitan polyphony and reggae, to Maghreb rap and a piano-playing godfather of Algerian Rai, taking in Pacific Creole and Congolese rumba à la sauce provencale, Andy uncovers a powerful sense of a personal and musical identity which is unique to Marseille.
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Andy Kershaw in Marseille.
Andy Kershaw introduces us to the biggest port city in Europe - Marseille.
Cor de la Plana.
Andy with Occitan polyphony group Cor de la Plana.
Massilia Sound System.
Andy with Massilia Sound System, introducing Reggae music to Marseille.
Andy in a local radio station.
Andy in a local radio station dedicated to freedom of speech.
Andy in the cultural centre.
Andy in the cultural centre dedicated to Occitan culture.
Andy meets “The grandfather of Rai”, veteran pianist and singer Maurice El-Medioni.
Interview with Maurice el Medioni
Maurice el Medioni tells Andy about the relations between Jews and Arabs in Algeria.
The band “Bana Marseille”.
Andy Kershaw meets “the united nations of Marseille” with the band “Bana Marseille”.
Moussou T E Lei Jovents.
Andy traces the band who first introduced him to Marseille music, Moussou T E Lei Jovents.
Hear Moussou T E Lei Jovents’S famous song “Mademoiselle Marseille".
Moussou T E Lei Jovents plays.
Andy with Moussou T E Lei Jovents, playing late at night in a small bohemian music venue.
Andy meets virtuoso Iranian percussionist Bijan Chemirani playing the Tombak (aka Zarb).
Andy visits a music centre.
Andy visits a music centre where bands can hire rehearsal rooms cheaply.
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