Rock + Arabic + Jazz = Razz

It’s all about evolving music. When you remove the shackles of big labels and constraints of mainstream media and give musicians and artists the freedom they deserve, real creativity begins to emerge, unlikely collaborations spring up, and people actually dare to be different. Hell, whole new genres begin to evolve! Take ‘Razz‘ for example. That is, Rock Arabic Jazz. Razz.

I was born into a family of old-school (think Dixieland and Big Band) jazz musicians, bombarded by rock and alternative (yay flannels) in junior high and high school, and then oddly enough spent most of my when-napster-was-free days in college downloading Arabic songs. I was kind of obsessed. But hey, for a white girl, I can sing (ok, hum) along to sooo many of the songs they play in hookah bars.

Hearing elements of Rock, Arabic, and Jazz music woven together with considerable artistry is delicious. Mix the haunting melodies and unique instrumentals of Arabic music, the beat and drive of rock, and the improvisational twists and turns and sweet harmonies of jazz and holy crap! You’ve got quite a match. Whether you dig this guy’s music or not, it’s hard not to appreciate the art.

Aziz Maraka is a shining example of how music in general – and genres specifically – will continue to evolve. As the world becomes increasingly more interconnected and culturally aware (with a few obvious exceptions in our current administration), the tech-savvy, fearless, and innovative pioneers of today’s young(ish) generations will continue to revolutionize the way music is made.

Web 2.0 will forever change the face of music and I, for one, plan to be sitting in the front row to watch it happen.


4 Responses to “Rock + Arabic + Jazz = Razz”

  1. 1 Issmat A. September 18, 2007 at 1:55 am

    Thanks for referencing IssmatBlog and good luck with your new blog!


  2. 2 izzy69rocks October 1, 2007 at 10:48 pm

    Hi there,
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    The title of this article is neat, kinda remind me of “System Of A Down”…
    Anyway a good website you’ve got here….Nice work.

  3. 3 Sandra Possing October 2, 2007 at 12:46 am

    Thanks for checkin it out 🙂 I like your site too – going over the PC Fundamentals section right now.

  4. 4 Vincent October 11, 2007 at 7:36 am

    Hm, I don’t think I’ve ever left a comment on a blog’s first post before. You’ve got a personal and engaging writing style – Chuck did well selecting you as the MMM blogger. Keep up the great work!

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