Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Rainbow Arabia

One of my favorite discoveries from the last few years is Rainbow Arabia. They've only got two EPs (2008's The Basta and 2009's Kabukimono), but both are stellar. They're American, but they're well versed in a number of foreign musics (they often profess a debt to Syria's Omar Souleyman).

I was just over at their blog, where they posted a video for "Holiday in Congo" from last year's Kabukimono:

I also just discovered that they made a video for 2008's "Let them Dance":

But my favorite video (and perhaps my favorite song) of theirs is "Omar K," also from The Basta:

I would absolutely love to see them live, but they stick mostly to the west coast. Alas.

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