Magazine article New Internationalist

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Magazine article New Internationalist

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MUSIC Between 1930 and 1938, Hirsch Lewin ran a shop in Berlin that sold Hebrew books, artefacts and, from 1932, records that he released on his own label, Semer. Lewin escaped to Palestine, but his shop, and everything in it, was destroyed by the Nazis. But they could not destroy what they didn't have, and musicologist Rainer Lotz has tracked down nearly all of Semer's old discs. Rescued Treasure - Live at Gorki Berlin (Piranha) presents these nearly lost Yiddish songs, all vivaciously re-recorded by the Semer Ensemble. Wonderful.

For anyone with an interest in Moroccan music, plus a spare $60, Music of Morocco: Recorded by Paul Bowles, 1959 (Dust to Digital) is a siren call. Dust to Digital is an archivist label renowned for its lovingly curated and packaged re-releases from yesteryear. While writer/composer Paul Bowles was a herald for the beatniks and hipsters who later streamed to Morocco, his recordings capture powerful music, both ancient and now lost forever.

Chris Ford, meanwhile, targets the appalling Donald Trump on Good Morning, America (Cooking Vinyl): will Trump 'get the chance to take us all to hell'? We'll find out soon enough.

FILM In Almost Holy a priest (not slow to promote his work, on and off camera) and his wife, rescue street children and abused women and children, run a recuperation centre and challenge drug dealers. His tough love is crude, the social breakdown it records in Mariupol, Ukraine, is staggering. Catherine Corsini's Summertime is a marvellous 1970s-set love affair between a Parisian teacher, active in a women's group, and a farm girl. …

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