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JOURNEY INTO DELIRIUM Land of Kush
Sam Shalabi & Co. set their controls for the heart of the Nile.
BY JOHN SCHACHT
When West meets East (or Middle Eastern), too often the musical results read like timid travelogues of people too frightened to get off the tour bus. But in the right hands -- say, unflinching ones -- the culture clash of scales, instrumentation, cultural aesthetics, etc., can blend into a mix that feeds off the volatility of most East-West meetings. Only here, nobody gets kicked off their ancestral land, blown up, or beheaded.
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