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Yale Richmond, a foreign service officer who put in time in Moscow during the Cold War, went so far as to call rock 'n' roll "the cultural dynamite that blew up the Iron Curtain." For every Tinariwen, a band of guitarplaying Tuareg nomads that rocketed to international acclaim on the strength of their 2007 album, Aman Iman (Water Is Life), there are a hundred unnoticed taarab ensembles singing Swahili poetry and fusing Indian and Arabian instrumentation. Cookie brings us afternoon tea, and we enjoy it on the couch by the Christmas tree, while Collinet shares stories about his upbringing, his superstar broadcasting career, and his love of music.
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