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African Fantasy
     

African Fantasy

by Trilok Gurtu
 
There are theories about the way the continents were once joined together in prehistoric times, but Indian percussionist Trilok Gurtu is attempting a new connection between land masses in a musical sense with his eighth album African Fantasy, which probably should have been called "Indo-A frican Fantasy" to make things clear to potential buyers. As an Indian

Overview

There are theories about the way the continents were once joined together in prehistoric times, but Indian percussionist Trilok Gurtu is attempting a new connection between land masses in a musical sense with his eighth album African Fantasy, which probably should have been called "Indo-A frican Fantasy" to make things clear to potential buyers. As an Indian musician, Gurtu is steeped in the music of his homeland, with its tablas and sitars, but as a percussionist he must be fascinated by the various rhythms coming out of Africa. Here, he has indulged that interest writing music that fuses both traditions, which he plays with his usual band, but he brings in several African vocalists: Sabine Kabongo (of the European-based group Zap Mama), Esmeralda Sciascia, Angelique Kidjo, and Oumou Sangare. The results are interesting, if tentative. Maybe if Gurtu had collaborated with African musicians, especially drummers, he might have gotten more of the continent into his music. As it is, there is a surface texture, especially in the vocals, of the continent's many musics, but the core of the sound remains Indian. That still makes for striking juxtapositions, and there is some wonderful playing. But the concept of an Indian/African fusion remains a fantasy, at least in this execution of it.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/25/2000
Label:
Blue Thumb
UPC:
0731454382120
catalogNumber:
543821

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Trilok Gurtu   Primary Artist,Synthesizer,Percussion,Drums,Tabla,Vocals,Timpani,Clay Pot
Shobha Gurtu   Vocals
Oumou Sangare   Vocals
Nicolas Fiszman   Synthesizer,Bass,Guitar
Sabine Kabongo   Vocals
Angélique Kidjo   Vocals
Alima Toure   Background Vocals
Dhruba Ghosh   Sarangui
Kai Eckhardt de Camargo   Bass
Jaya Deva   Rhythm Guitar,Vocals,Gimbri
Ravi Chary   Harmonium,Sitar

Technical Credits

Trilok Gurtu   Producer
Cedric Beatty   Engineer
Walter Quintus   Engineer
Matt Howe   Producer,Engineer

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