Review - La Kahena

Artist: Cheb i Sabbah

comment
La Kahena
Label: Six Degrees
Media: CD
Format: Album
WorkNameSort: La Kahena

Having dropped the "DJ" from his name on this record (he still goes by "DJ" when spinning records at his San Francisco club residency) is no small bit of symbolism for Cheb i Sabbah. La Kahena finds him moving away from the tablatronics his early records were built upon and moving into a more organic, vocal-centric style that draws deeply from Moroccan influences, a move which isn't all that surprising, considering his Algerian roots. On La Kahena, Sabbah utilizes the same deeply respectful approach to "modernity" that made his Krishna Lila album so engaging; skilled musicians and singers cut their tracks live, and Sabbah – using his technological savvy – blended those tracks with his understated electronica to arrive at a remarkably fresh sound. It's an absolutely untraditional foray into some very traditional-sounding music.

Tags

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Orlando Weekly. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Orlando Weekly, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at feedback@orlandoweekly.com.

Orlando Weekly works for you, and your support is essential.

Our small but mighty local team works tirelessly to bring you high-quality, uncensored news and cultural coverage of Central Florida.

Unlike many newspapers, ours is free – and we'd like to keep it that way, because we believe, now more than ever, everyone deserves access to accurate, independent coverage of their community.

Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing pledge, your support helps keep Orlando’s true free press free.