Putumayo Presents: Arabic Groove

Putumayo Presents: Arabic Groove

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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…  See more details below

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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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All Music Guide - Peggy Latkovich
It took Cheb Mami's collaboration with Sting on the latter's mega-hit "Desert Rose" to bring Arabic music into the collective consciousness of the Western world. Never ones to pass up a trend, the folks at Putumayo have scoured North Africa and the Middle East in search of more Arabic pop music. What they turned up is a collection of dance tracks that show the heavy influence of hip-hop, urban pop, funk, and other Western styles, while maintaining the cultural integrity of the region. There are even nods to the influence of American boy bands and sex symbols such as Ricky Martin and Janet Jackson on a few tracks. The swirling strings and ornate, sinuous melody lines characteristic of the Middle East are laid over funky, chugging rhythm tracks, creating a tapestry that is crossover-ready. The disc is heavy on Algerian rai and Egyptian al-jil, with more than half the artists represented from either Egypt or Algeria. The most recognizable name here is Natacha Atlas, whose orgasmic singing on "Kidda," remixed by Transglobal Underground, stands out over the others. Libyan artist Hamid El Shaeri's track "Hely Meli" combines the cooing female vocals of urban pop with samples of women ululating. The effect is startling. On a technical note, there is virtually no space between most of the tracks. While this usually serves to keep the dance groove going, sometimes it is a little abrupt, as the ends of some tracks get chopped off. Arabic Groove is an intense, high-energy release, sure to appeal to fans of cosmopolitan dance music worldwide.

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Release Date:
06/12/2001
Label:
Putumayo World Music
UPC:
0790248018928
catalogNumber:
189

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Putumayo Presents: Arabic Groove 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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...
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anything that Putumayo puts out is fabulous. I love listening to all of the different kinds of music.
-Joey More than 1 year ago
Just liked the sound. Very energizing.
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