Lost Tapes, Moroccan Chanson, and Cairene Avantgarde—Mix by Koyil

Old and new music discoveries from West Asia and North Africa

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Moscow electronic producer and selector Koyil has put together a new mix for EastEast Radio, full of his old and new favorite music findings from West Asia and North Africa. From lost radio tapes from the 1960s of the co-founder of the Tehran Symphonic Orchestra Morteza Hannaneh and Moroccan chanson of Najat Aatabou, to recordings of the contemporary Persian percussion virtuoso Mohammad Reza Mortazavi and melancholic lullabys performed by musicians of the Cairene avant garde scene–Maurice Louca, Nadah El Shazly, and Natik Awayez.

Koyil is the alias of Muscovite Lev Zhitskiy, former resident of NII and currently the co-operator of the vinyl store DiG. As a DJ he’s interested in a wide spectrum of genres from dance music to punk, and with a special emphasis on ethnic music. As a music producer, he released his debut album Healing Cycles in the beginning of 2020, where he explores the junctions of experimental electronic music with folk traditions from different parts of the world.

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Moscow-based musician and selector Lev Zhitskiy, focusing on experimental electronic music and folk traditions of the world.