Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Footage of Cheikh Raymond Leiris

The original footage is from Algerian television, from the colonial era, which began broadcasting in 1957. The colonial authorities broadcast Arab musicians (in an attempt to co-opt them), particularly on the show, "Rythmes et Chansons," which ran from 1958 to 1962. It seems to have been broadcast in France, on a show that featured Enrico Macias (born Gaston Ghrenassia), who was Cheikh Raymond's protegé, and his father, the violin player Sylvain Ghrenassia, a member of Cheikh Raymond's troupe.

The title of the video is, of course, all wrong. Cheikh Raymond was not Amazigh (Berber), but an Algerian Jew.

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