On paper, it’s not too promising: a collection of wedding songs played by master clarinettist. The reality though is a thrilling tour de force of a region’s music refracted through the prism of its most intense social experience.
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Although they will no doubt be compared to Tinariwen — Tartit have been around a similar length of time and sprang from the same experience of civil war and living in camps — theirs is a gentler but no less compelling sound
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2007 is shaping up to be the year of the Touareg takeover. Fortunately the appetite for the heavy, bluesy, desert rock made famous by Tinariwen is matched by the supply of fine bands.
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No doubt confused by being murdered by his conservative, cross-dressing father, it would appear that the spirit of Marvin Gaye is alive and well and living in the body of a reformed post punk artist from Spain
Read more "Gecko Turner – Chandalismo Ilustrado"
The Idan Raichel Project is unlike anything you have ever heard before and in some ways like everything you have ever heard before — but at once. It is the story of the Diaspora, of the modern day and of the ages in sound
Read more "Idan Raichel Project – Music from the Many Tribes of Judah"