Radiodiffusion Internasionaal Annexe


Les Frères Megri

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The four Megri brothers were popular session musicians / composers / producers from Morocco. There names were Hassan, Mahmoud, Jalila and Younès. Jalila was apparently a songwriter and producer, and Younès had a solo career. But, Hassan and Mahmoud recorded two singles singles as Les Frères Megri.

During the late 1960s and early 1970s, a new form of pop music emerged in the region of North Africa. This new form resulted from the fusion of local Arabic music with European pop music. Arab media often referred to this new style as “Progressive”. In many ways, it is an independent form of music that has strong and variable Arab, African and European influences; an expression that has branched out and evolved separately from popular traditional Cha’abi music of the region.

Darja, the Arabic dialect of North Africa, is often used as the lyrical language for songs in this genre. While the music is sometimes distinguishably Arabic, it is often not. The rhythms are mixtures of Berber, Arab, African and popular European, performed to the artists’ own recipe and vary to their interpretation.

I have seen quite a few records that they have either played on or produced, but I’ve only seen two singles (with Hassan and Mahmoud) and two albums (one with Hassan, Mahmoud and Younès, and one with just Mahmoud and Younès) by ‘Les Frères Megri’. Apparently they still run a recording studio in Morocco, and Younès released an album in 2004.

Catalog number 6269 013 on Philips of France. No release date listed.

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Would have been nice to quote the original source to most of your post.

Comment by A. Ben Hmeda

Busted.

Way back when, at the time I wrote the half of this post – and copied and pasted the rest – I had no intention of saving any of this stuff. Originally, the posts were only up for a week, and then they were gone. I had no idea what I was doing, and honestly, I still don’t. The predecessor to this site was originally for a dozen or so of my friends, but over the last four years it has grown to the convoluted mess it is today.

After getting a number of e-mails from people asking me to repost the old posts, I eventually scraped together the audio files, pictures and ramblings that are now the Radiodiffusion Internasionaal Annexe. At the time this post was “written”, I did not save the links and had forgotten where the original source for the information.

I apologize for not crediting your site and your writing. If it were not for sites like yours, I would have almost no information.

The majority of the information in the above post was taken from the Quarter Tone Fusion website, which you can find here: http://qtfusion.podzone.net/

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Quarter Tone Fusion has moved to: http://qtfusion.limewebs.com/

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