Playing tracks by
Omar Souleyman, Saria Al Sawas, Ali El Deek, Samira Tawfiq, Mohamed Al Ali and more.
This month, Luaka Bop introduces us to Boshra AlSaadi, who, along with her mother Roada in Brooklyn and her Aunt Salwa in Damascus, curate May DB Radio.
The mix starts with a number of recent dabke jams, and then travels back in time, presenting some singers of the 1940’s and 1950’s who hail from the Jabal Al-Druze (Mountains of the Druzes). At the end of the playlist, you can learn more about their favorite songs in an interview between mother and daughter recorded at Roada’s home in Bay Ridge. The pair discuss the history of dabke, popular subjects in Syrian music, and the intrigue surrounding famed starlet Asmahan.
*Special thanks to Salwa AlSaleh, Rami AlSaleh, Kinan Azmeh, Will Crofoot, and especially to Roada AlSaadi!*