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 Salaam

“Salaam…subtly transposes a genre of music few Americans are even aware of into a sonic realm that feels enchanting and exotic, while still strangely familiar.” – Banning Eyre, NPR
 
Salaam has delighted audiences for years with its expansive mix of traditional and original Middle Eastern music.  Exquisitely rendered melodies are woven with stories and musings, taking the listener on a musical journey.  Their sound, while deeply rooted in maqam and entrancing Middle Eastern rhythms, is infused with the band's fresh and innovative interpretations.  They have performed throughout the US, recorded seven albums, and have been interviewed and fetured on NPR's All Things Considered.  Salaam, whose name means Peace, is a musical ambassador for peaceful coexistence. 
 
 

 

Salaam on All Things Considered  Listen to Guy Raz's interview with Dena El Saffar on NPR's Weekend All Things Considered.

Salaam on Afropop Worldwide  Listen to Salaam being featured on Afropop Worldwide.  (The Salaam segment starts at 24 minutes and 57 seconds into the program.)

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Since its founding in 1993, Salaam members have performed with international artists including Grammy Award winner, Youssou N’Dour, Real World recording artists The Master Musicians of Jajouka, Smithsonian recording artist Rahim AlHaj, Moroccan Gnawa musician Hassan Hakmoun, Iraqi Maqam masters Hamid El-Saadi and Farida, Turkish multi-instrumentalist Emin S. Sağbaş, Egyptian trumpeter Sami El-Bably,  Azerbaijani kemanche player Munis Sharifov and others.

 

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