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Sounding like a garage band from Greater Babylonia, PHARAOH'S DAUGHTER specialize in giving ancient Jewish tunes West African makeovers on Indian and Arabic instruments. With the cosmopolitanism of the scholar and the unselfconscious spontaneity of the itinerant punk, the band is a linchpin of the Jewish Alternative Movement based at underground institution the Knitting Factory—a fitting cauldron for their most-likely-to-cross-over hybrid chic. On their new Exile, earlier haunting traditionals give way to echoes of Holy Land disharmony in lamentations of placelessness and timely crises of faith.


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