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North African 45s

A sampling of Algerian, Tunisian and Moroccan 45 rpm vinyl records picked up in June 2004 in Fegraves, Morocco, where host Nathan Salsburg to attend the city's annual Festival of World Sacred Music. This is the first of hopefully several shows of these killer records, surface noise notwithstanding. -- NS
(32 minutes)


Salim Hilali: Samra Ou Beida (4:10)

Folklore Tunisien (Polydor France)

Fatima Zehafa: Kif Ndir Ana (4:45)


Mohamed El Aroussi: Chouf Sinia, Pt. 1 (3:40)


Khelifi Ahmed: Selem Ya Djaouab (5:55)


Cheb Haj Mohamed Bouzoubaa, Jr.: Baba Salah (Pt. 1)


Bouzoubaa Jr. directed the Fes Malhoun radio orchestra from 1966 to 1997. His father, Bouzoubaa Sr., founded it in 1956.

Cheikh Mohamed Abbassi: Ya Loulid (5:05)

Elle ou lui? (Folklore Algierien - Records Achark/La Voix du Globe)


Goodbye Dear Old Stepstone


Traditional, folk, vernacular, endangered, and extinct music from America and elsewhere. Hosted by Nathan Salsburg, an archivist, producer, and writer based in Louisville, Kentucky.

He has worked for the The Alan Lomax Archive since 2000, for which he currently serves in the capacities of production manager, photo and video archivist, and general digital catalog editor. Salsburg maintains an index of online vernacular music resources at his blog,, contributes occasional music writing to the Louisville Eccentric Observer and the Other Music weekly update, and is curator of Twos & Fews, a vernacular music imprint in collaboration with Chicago's Drag City label.