We begin with SMADJ...out of Tunisia by way of Paris. He brings together the venerable oud and the sultry rhythms of North Africa...with the latest electronic sounds.
Today the mediasphere is alive with a new kind of "world music." The old masters of the great ethnic music traditions have a global audience, while DJ's sample beats and create new world mixes for the intelligent dance floor. Almost any musician can have their own studio and release their music worldwide online — with photos, video and text — on giant sites like MySpace and Facebook.
The successful ones travel, perform, and build worldwide networks of collaborators and audience. The Internet ties it all together. For these musicians, even in the midst of all the political struggles of today — it really is a new world.
On this 25th Anniversary retrospective edition of Hearts of Space, a journey in the Middle Eastern electronic fusion zone called EQUILIBRIUM. Music is by SMADJ, STELLAMARA, MERCAN DEDE, ELIYAHU SILLS, MICHEL BANABILA, PAUL AVGERINOS, ANOUAR BRAHEM, NADIMI and ERDEM HELVACIOGLU.