The flute virtuoso Boujemaa Razgui, whose instruments were seized and destroyed by US Customs at JFK Airport, has been in touch with us again to thank Slipped Disc for its support. His English is not fluent or precise – it may, perhaps, have perplexed Customs agents – but there is no mistaking Boujemaa’s sincerity or his pain when writing about his hand-crafted neys (or nays).
Here’s what he writes, sharing with us a unique picture of the precious, lovingly crafted neys:
photo (c) Razgui/LebrechtMusic&Arts. all rights reserved.
I have such great memories with these nays through the past years, from culture to any moment that I remember.
Of course l will not hurt any body with nays. They were my huge art connection with North America and Europe, through churches, synagogues (all of them in Montreal and almost all in Toronto), universities, colleges, theaters, com.centers , mosques, all kind of ceremonies , marriages, helulas , barMetzvahs, you name it.
Crossing the US in my travels, l got to educate myself, meet other people and exchange ideas.
Boujemaa adds some specifics of the case:
What was in the case? they called Bamboo case
1) 11 nays (flutes) made by me some of them in Canada some in US
2) material to make new nays in the case
3) flight AA 0095 Madrid to JFK
4) time : 12/22/2013 (notice : on 12/23/2013)
5) Reason : nays from plants which is agricultural items (so l can’t play nay)