Le Trio Joubran, the Palestinian masters of the oud, released their new album, The Long March, on 12 October 2018 via Cooking Vinyl.
Le Trio Joubran
The three brothers – Samir, Wissam and Adnan – have toured the globe for the past 15 years, shedding light on not only the struggle for recognition and liberation of their native Palestine, but also the plight and oppression of indigenous peoples in the Middle East and the world at large.
In Arab folklore, the oud is revered as the king of instruments, and it is through the conquest and mastery of this majestic artistic tool that the brothers have taken their mesmerising music to audiences and venues that include the UK’s prestigious WOMAD festival.
Their journey thus far culminates in The Long March, the trio’s sixth album and career landmark that embodies a new landscape for their musical inclinations to venture across. It was recorded at the Studio Ferber in Paris, with acclaimed Parisian producer Renaud Letang at the helm, whose porfolio is studded with highlights such as Jean-Michel Jarre, Manu Chao and Björk.
The Long March
The Long March also sees the band strike up another creative partnership with a living legend – former Pink Floyd singer/bassist and activist Roger Waters joins the brothers on Carry the Earth, a song lamenting the tragic story of four young cousins whose lives and dreams are extinguished during what would otherwise have been a mundane and carefree game of football on Gaza Beach. Taking its name from a poem by fabled author Mahmoud Darwish, the track eulogizes “the dead who die to carry the earth after the relics are gone”.