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All Music Guide - Kurt Keefner
The concept of this debut album from Spain's leading roots ensemble is that you are listening to a radio broadcast in Tarifa, Spain's southernmost point, so that you might hear a mixture of sounds from Spain and North Africa. And indeed fuzzy, distant radio sounds introduce one song and close the album. The album features an incredible variety of instruments, including among many others: guitar, tar Persian lute, buzuki Greek mandolin, derbouka North African clay drum, ney Arabic flute, crumhorn a loud, buzzing Medieval wind instrument, and the Indian harmonium. The group is not shy about including modern popular instruments like soprano and tenor saxophone, electric ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Kurt Keefner
The concept of this debut album from Spain's leading roots ensemble is that you are listening to a radio broadcast in Tarifa, Spain's southernmost point, so that you might hear a mixture of sounds from Spain and North Africa. And indeed fuzzy, distant radio sounds introduce one song and close the album. The album features an incredible variety of instruments, including among many others: guitar, tar Persian lute, buzuki Greek mandolin, derbouka North African clay drum, ney Arabic flute, crumhorn a loud, buzzing Medieval wind instrument, and the Indian harmonium. The group is not shy about including modern popular instruments like soprano and tenor saxophone, electric organ, and electric bass. The album features almost as many styles as it does instruments, yet they tend to come together as one new style, rather than sounding like a musical salad. The album starts off with the title track, a smooth mix of rumba and flamenco. "Oye, China" is a love lament that plays the layered clip-clop rhythm of the plucked instruments off the more continuous sounds of the accordion and the breathy nsuri Indian bamboo flute. "Lamma bada" is a straight reading of one of the most oft-played tunes of the Arab world, using Radio Tarifa's favored instruments, retaining the song's modal structure i.e., all the instruments, even the bass, playing the same line at once. One song later in the album stands out from all the rest. It is an adaptation of a song by a Medieval troubadour named Walter von der Vogelweide originally called "Nu Alrest Lebe Ich Mir Werde," but which Radio Tarifa simply calls "Nu Alrest." Dominated by the crumhorns and the melancholy tenor of Javier Raibal, "Nu Alrest" carries a potent charge of fantasy and sadness, conjuring images of crossing the desert alone on camel. It is imagination like this that makes Rumba Argelina one of the most important world music albums of the 1990s.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/1/1997
  • Label: Nonesuch
  • UPC: 075597947229
  • Catalog Number: 79472
  • Sales rank: 85,234

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Rumba Argelina (3:30)
  2. 2 Oye China (6:35)
  3. 3 Lamma Bada (3:28)
  4. 4 Mañana (3:28)
  5. 5 La Canal (4:35)
  6. 6 El Baile de la Bola (2:45)
  7. 7 Soledad (4:06)
  8. 8 La Mosca (2:37)
  9. 9 Tangos del Agujero (3:11)
  10. 10 Nu Alrest (7:10)
  11. 11 La Pastora (3:09)
  12. 12 Ronda de Sanabria (3:18)
  13. 13 Bulerias Turcas (3:11)
  14. 14 Nina (3:06)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Radio Tarifa Primary Artist, Primary Artist
Gerardo Nuñez Guitar
Juan Alberto Arteche Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Eduardo Laguillo Harmonium
Vincent Molino Ney, Bansuri, Crumhorn, Casaba
Juan J. Ruiz-Leite Bass
Javier Paxariño Bass Clarinet, Alto Flute, Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Wood Flute, Bansuri, kaval
Ramiro Amusategui Oud
Ali Reza Gholami Viola
Javier Ruibál Vocals
Cuco Pérez Accordion
Benjamin Escoriza Guitar, Vocals, Hand Clapping
Fain S. Duenas Bass, Bouzouki, Guitar, Percussion, Bongos, Tabla, Triangle, Vocals, Choir, Chorus, Balafon, Darbouka, Pandeiro, Taragat, Djembe, Guimbri, cowbell, Afuche, Cumbus
Technical Credits
Juan Alberto Arteche Producer, Engineer, Contributor
Vincent Molino Contributor
Charlie Gillett Liner Notes
Benjamin Escoriza Composer
Juan Arteche Producer
Fain S. Duenas Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Time Space Continuum

    Rumba Argelina is an amazing album by Radio Tarifa. All albums by Radio Tarifa are amazing, though. They are a superb band that combine arabic, moroccan, spanish, sephardic, romantic, modern and original influences into the Perfect Songs. Rumba Argelina is the type of album that transports you to a separate place where music is the framework, the tapestry and the cream filling. You don't need to buy a ticket to go to Morocco or take a time machine to visit Sephardic/Moorish Spain of the 900's: listen to Rumba Argelina and have a great trip.

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