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Flamenco Arabe
     

Flamenco Arabe

by Rafa El Tachuela
 
An interesting fusion between Arabic music and flamenco. Though it's been done before (by Al Tall and Muluk el-Hwa), it's an enticing sort of fusion to listen to again. Some of the pieces are most straightforward flamenco with some additional Egyptian percussion, thanks to Hossam Ramzy. In other parts, it reverts to a straightforward Egyptian dance rhythm with some

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An interesting fusion between Arabic music and flamenco. Though it's been done before (by Al Tall and Muluk el-Hwa), it's an enticing sort of fusion to listen to again. Some of the pieces are most straightforward flamenco with some additional Egyptian percussion, thanks to Hossam Ramzy. In other parts, it reverts to a straightforward Egyptian dance rhythm with some careful Spanish guitar in the background. It's when the two mesh that the sound is something worth hearing. Despite the relative obscurity of Rafa Tachuela (actually a German flamenco artist, hence the obscurity), the skill is certainly present to power the music forward. There is some able help from Said Kamal and Mohamed Naiem, providing the Egyptian sounds beyond Ramzy's percussion, and in the end, some help from the Sabri brothers (sons of Sabri Khan, not to be confused with the qawwal duo of the same name) in the addition of a touch of Indian music, as the artists attempt to explore the roots of flamenco through Egyptian music and the roots of Egyptian music through its Indian forebearers. Given that the rise of flamenco came after the Iberian peninsula had been taken over by the Moors, the links between North African music and flamenco are somewhat expected. When the two forms are brought back together to play in tandem, though, something more than the sum of its parts emerges. An excellent addition to the collection of any world music fusionist.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/25/2003
Label:
Arc Music
UPC:
0743037178525
catalogNumber:
1785
Rank:
119122

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Rafa El Tachuela   Primary Artist,Guitar,Oud
Sarvar Sabri   Tabla
Hossam Ramzy   Percussion,Egyptian Percussion
Dudley Phillips   Bass
Kamal Sabir   Vocals,Sarangui
Danny Thompson   Bass
Adel Eskander   Violin
Said Kamal   Egyptian Violin
Maged Serour   Qanoun
Sonia Sabri   Vocals
Osama El Hendy   Bass
Moraima   Hand Clapping,Palmas
Mohamed Naïm   Nay,Bamboo Flute,Kavala

Technical Credits

Hossam Ramzy   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Engineer,Liner Notes
Jimmy Waldo   Engineer
Rafa El Tachuela   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Liner Notes
Diz Heller   Liner Notes
Jesse Reuben Wilson   Cover Design
Torleif Svensson   Cover Photo
Maria Delia Sierra   Pattern Design
Jacob David Pampuch   Engineer

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