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Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Khat Thaleth (Stronghold Sound)

Various Artists

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Rap has long gone international, and the idea of using the shuffling beats and staccato cadences to communicate political ideas and frustrations took hold in the Middle East. Arab-language rap was a factor in the Arab Spring, and the Khat Thaleth compilation is a sample of what's going on. The angry tone translates across language (and the jacket provides a website with translations) and some of the tracks include local influences, including the oud and—in one case—a sample woven from Dizzy Gillespie's "A Night in Tunisia."