Friday, June 18, 2010

Rachid Taha - Barra Barra

My exploration of music from outside the Levant and into North Africa continues. Here's another bizarre song I found for Rachid Taha. It's not much by way of lyrics but the atmosphere is tense and brooding and you're gradually drawn into it as the song progresses. I'm also not a fan of fusing Easter and Western music as usually the result is about as appealing as steaming dog manure, but the mix here is just about right. Interesting song and an interesting idea behind it...but I'd like to see where this kind of music goes because it still isn't entirely coherent.

One thing I always found interesting about Algerians, Morrocans and Tunisians that I meet is that they really do listen to Um Kalthoum and Abdel Wahhab, whereas many Syrians or Lebanese I meet, apart from the obligatory head nodding and commenting about the 'genius' of these singers and that "they don't make them like they used to", would not stand listening to either of them for more than five minutes.

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