National Geographic: Destination Mediterranean

National Geographic: Destination Mediterranean

     
 

One of the newer installations in the journeys of the National Geographic: Destination series, this album focuses on the vast collection of cultures surrounding the Mediterranean Sea. Given the breadth of possibilities, this is a vast undertaking. Luckily, it's handled quite well by the compilers, giving just a taste of each of the cultures that they can…  See more details below

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One of the newer installations in the journeys of the National Geographic: Destination series, this album focuses on the vast collection of cultures surrounding the Mediterranean Sea. Given the breadth of possibilities, this is a vast undertaking. Luckily, it's handled quite well by the compilers, giving just a taste of each of the cultures that they can include in the course of a single album. The journey starts out on Majorca with a dramatic vocal piece from Maria del Mar Bonet. From there, it passes through Algeria with the cultural fusionist Abdelli and back across to Greece for a piece by Kristi Stassinopoulou. An overland trip to Turkey provides some fine oud work from Lamak, and back across the overland route, Miguel Funi and David Serva team up for an outstanding bit of flamenco song. Crossing the strait brings a piece of Moroccan song with some good call and response, and back across again to Tirana allows one to hear a nice bit of gypsy song. Some high-speed, modernized bouzouki follows, followed itself by Ali Hassan Kuban's Nubian sounds. After a soulful Israeli ballad turns into a nice dance song, the album finishes on a stereotypically Italian accordion tune. Given the enormity of the task, the compilers have done quite a fine job here collecting the various sounds of an extremely diverse region. Give it a listen.

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Product Details

Release Date:
01/28/2003
Label:
Compendia
UPC:
0013178023825
catalogNumber:
238

Tracks

  1. Majorca: Les Veus de Raixa (The Voices of Raixa)  - Maria del Mar Bonet
  2. Algeria: Adarghal (The Blind in Spirit)  -  Abdelli
  3. Greece: Stou Orisonta Tin Akri (At the Edge of the Horizon)
  4. Turkey: Marmara Denizi (Sea of Marmara)
  5. Spain: Sentimientos de un Gitano (Emotions of a Gypsy)
  6. Morocco: El-Aroussa: Choufou Mali (The Bride: Look at Me)
  7. Albania: Moj E Bukura More (Wonderful More)
  8. Crete: Pentozali (Five Steps)
  9. Egypt: Gammal (Camel Driver)
  10. Israel: Czardas/Frejlechs (Czardas/Happy Song)
  11. Italy: Tesoro Mio (My Treasure)

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