Hip Deep February 22, 2007
Africans in the Arabian (Persian) Gulf
Scholar and author Joseph Braude guides us through the often overlooked popular music of the Persian Gulf, the music known as Khaliji. We learn about the Africans of places like Bahrain and Kuwait--slaves of yore, their free descendents, and more recent waves of African immigrants, notably from Sudan. The program features spectacular historic recordings, such as the songs of the all but disappeared pearl divers, a well as hot-off-the-charts Khaliji hits by the likes of Abdullah al-Ruwaished and Areel Abou Bakr. Produced by Banning Eyre (originally aired 2007).