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En Concert

En Concert

by Orchestre National de Barbes
     
 
The "Berbes" in the group's name are the Berbers, the indigenous non-Arabic people of North Africa. Their folk music is heavily percussive and rather raucous with a melody that's hard to pick out. Some listeners might be familiar with the Master Musicians of Jajouka. Orchestre National de Barbes, however, is not a folk group, but a pop-fusion group. They sound like a

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The "Berbes" in the group's name are the Berbers, the indigenous non-Arabic people of North Africa. Their folk music is heavily percussive and rather raucous with a melody that's hard to pick out. Some listeners might be familiar with the Master Musicians of Jajouka. Orchestre National de Barbes, however, is not a folk group, but a pop-fusion group. They sound like a cross between rai (Arabic pop) and West African Afro pop. Almost all of the instruments are Western: drum kit, guitar, sax, mandolin, bass, and a lot of keyboards. Some of the percussion and an occasional xylophone-like instrument seem to be local, and the vocals sound like Arabic with a little French thrown in. The sound is usually very rhythmic and upbeat, like a big R&B group. "Savon" is incredibly infectious and sounds a bit like Duran Duran. In dramatic contrast, "Ma Ychalli" is much more Arabic, despite the keyboards. After a long prelude by what sounds like a mandolin imitating an oud, the singer "improvises" a complex, moody verse. The percussion is used to comment on the proceedings rather than drive them, and the instruments do not dominate the vocals. This is a very good fusion of local music and Western pop, but the three or four songs based more directly on Arabic or Berber music are the exception, not the rule. For a live recording, the sound and the performance are exceedingly good. The mood is glowing and good times are ahead. Fans of West African or North African pop need not hesitate.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/28/1998
Label:
Tinder
UPC:
0789428531920
catalogNumber:
85319

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