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Making music the Algerian Jewish way

Q&A with DJ Cheb i Sabbah

URL: http://www.jewishjournal.com/arts/article/making_music_the_algerian_jewish_way_20080201

In the four decades of his accomplished career, global electronica DJ Cheb i Sabbah -- a Berber Jew from Algeria now living in California -- has specialized in crossing barriers among nationalities and working with artists of all religions and ethnicities. His latest album, "Devotion," released Jan. 29, features spiritual music from Pakistan and neighboring countries performed by musicians from Southeast Asia. As tensions and violence continue to mount in Pakistan, this album provides a mystical soundtrack for transcendence, reminding listeners that human spirit is one thread connecting us all. On the occasion of his Los Angeles album release party on Feb. 2 at Temple Bar in Santa Monica, The Jewish Journal caught up with this boundary-defying musician.

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