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Salah Ragab & The Cairo Jazz Band

Drummer-led Egyptian jazz band

Armando Bellmas
Armando Bellmas
Salah Ragab & The Cairo Jazz Band

Today on Ecléctico you're listening to Salah Ragab & The Cairo Jazz Band, a group that came together in the early 1970s to promote Pan-African unity and create a fusion of jazz and Arabic sounds inspired by Sun Ra and His Arkestra. Ragab recorded this album for the Egyptian Ministry Of Culture and it has since become an esoteric and exotic collection of music.

You'll go deeper with an excerpt from and a link to an article on the mp3 blog Flabbergasted Vibes.


"Ramadan in Space Time" by Salah Ragab & The Cairo Jazz Band
1974 | Drummer-led Egyptian jazz band


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Original copies of this flabbergasting bit of rare groove jazz, released by the Egyptian Ministry of Culture,  change hands for thousands of dollars. It’s seen a couple of CD releases but was reissued as a double LP with extras by Strut Records for RSD 2021 with a later, single-LP version planned for the fall. But forget the scarcity factor: the music is jaw-dropping good, like Lalo Schifrin met Perez Prado and early Sun Ra for a jam at the Great Pyramids.  Ragab and Sun Ra actually recorded together once too.  I first heard Salah Ragab through a good friend who is a big Sun Ra aficionado; we had just recently met and bonded over the Ethiopiques series of albums, among other delights. This is a different vibe, and a different part of Africa, but if you are fond of those releases then you owe it to yourself to give this a spin.

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