- Audio CD (18 Dec. 2008)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: World Circuit Ltd
- ASIN: B000024LOS
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
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Released in 1996 and translated as 'Algerian Rumba', Radio Tarifa's startling debut is an exploration of the traditions of Spanish-Arabian music that creates a multi-cultural fusion of old and new. Recorded in group founder Fain Duenas' one-track home studio, 'Rumba Argelina' features instruments as diverse as bazouki, accordion and oboe against a rippling percussive backdrop.
Authenticity is a tricky construct in pop music. In Rumba Argelina, guitarist and composer Fain Dueñas, wind player Vincent Molino, and vocalist Benjamin Escoriza, the core of the Spanish group Radio Tarifa, blend traditional North African music, flamenco, and a dash of rhythms from the New World, most notably Cuba, with a contemporary pop sensibility. The results sound surprisingly organic--even when some of the mixes take disorienting turns. "Oye China" suggests a son or guajira--until an accordion and a mysterious wind instrument (bansuri?) come in. When the song turns again, however, it evokes a vallenato. "Soledad" alludes to flamenco but also to Brian Eno. Then again, as Dueñas & Co. define it, this is border music, the music of an imaginary radio station in Tarifa, the southernmost point in Spain. What it suggests depends on your point of reference--but leave that for musicologists. Most important, Rumba Argelina is a delightful, rich, sensual experience, armchair travelling at its best. --Fernando GonzalezSee all Product description
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Radio Tarifa's music is a successful crossover melt, be it a touch of salsa, Arabic folk or the ever present flamenco influence.
This particular album, their first, is a natural blend of the rich history of Spain, of a time when Andalous encompassed Northern Africa AND southern Spain (in that order). History and politics shifted the physical borders, but the cultural merges and rich arrangement of Rumba Argelina album are delightfully alive. Sensous and transporting, moving or relaxing this album is still one of my very favourites to recommend for personal enjoyment or for delightful background music when having friends over for summer get togethers. Invariably, its musical threads weave their way into conversation. It is intoxicating and 'moving' - physically and emotionally.
Buy it. Gift it. Be delighted with what you discover.