Putumayo Presents: Arabic Groove
The friendly folks at Putumayo continue to bring the four corners of the world that much closer together with the syncretic bump-and-grind of Arabic Groove. In the Arabic world, the end of the 20th century saw the melding of black urban music of the West, as well as Latin and electronica sounds, with traditional melodic sense and instrumentation; found here/i>… See more details below
The friendly folks at Putumayo continue to bring the four corners of the world that much closer together with the syncretic bump-and-grind of Arabic Groove. In the Arabic world, the end of the 20th century saw the melding of black urban music of the West, as well as Latin and electronica sounds, with traditional melodic sense and instrumentation; found here are some of the tastiest results. Lined up as a nonstop dance mix, the cuts come in a rainbow of booty-shaking colors. Dig the back-porch twang of a buzok (similar to the Greek bouzouki) and rolling rumba fire of "Intil Waheeda" by Egypt's Hisham Abbas; the waxing heartache of "Leiley" by Lebanon's lovely Dania; or the funky, disco-fied rai of "Mani," in which husband-and-wife duo Fadela & Sahraoui proclaim, "If they are jealous about what we do together / Why don't they do it too?" And if the Reagan years left you thinking Libya was all about authoritarians and air strikes, check out the pounding rub-a-dub goodness of Hamid El Shaeri's "Hely Meli." Tracks by higher-profile pop icons Natacha Atlas and Khaled provide familiar names for the uninitiated, but casual listeners stumbling upon this treasure chamber will feel like lucky dance-floor anthropologists indeed.
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- Putumayo World Music
Performance CreditsCheb Sahraoui Track Performer
Natacha Atlas Track Performer
Abdel Ali Slimani Track Performer
Abdy Track Performer
Cheb Tarik Track Performer
Technical CreditsRick Rowe Mastering
Dan Storper Executive Producer
Nicola Heindl Illustrations
Jacob Edgar Liner Notes
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Putumayo did a great job collecting the songs chosen for this CD. I personally enjoyed middle-eastern styles of music, but if I had to find songs I liked myself I am lost- so it was nice to have a CD that had great music from popular artists that I might have overlooked otherwise. My fav tracks include 3~ for the great vocals and beat 6~for the sweet percusion and 11~for the modern, yet very different sound. Its a great Cd- definatly worth the purchase!
My students in my 7th grade World Geography class choose this CD above all others for work music. The first track, Moi et Toi, is just so infectious. Of all the Putomayo disks, this is the best I own...
This CD is the best I've found. It's hypnotic songs will definately challenge anyone to stay still in his/her chair. Worth every penny!
Anything that Putumayo puts out is fabulous. I love listening to all of the different kinds of music.
Just liked the sound. Very energizing.