Published on Phase9 Entertainment March 2004
TRANCE DANCE -
The opening track
is 'Xingu' by PROFESSOR TRANCE who commences the proceeding with a lesson
of all things tribal accompanied by a constant repetitive beat. This
moves to the drum & bass influenced 'Hamu' by FRIEDEL LELONEK who uses
djembe and darbuka in an attempt to make the track more interesting
than it really is. Next up is one of the most commercial tracks ever
to be found on a Music Mosaic compilation, the enjoyable Oriental-pop
track 'Razali' by ZEHAVA BEN. I would defy anyone not to like this track
or the next one, 'Calango' by KAU.
Dance' by KAMAL ENGELS / ARIEL KALMA is a kind of tribal celebration
of song and dance featuring Native American Indians. Next up is 'Taniye'
by BEKAYE KOUYATE & SONKOMA, which is based on a traditional Mali song
and covers topics such as human rights and having fun with your friends.
This track does show some promise but ultimately fails to excite. This
would not be a world music album without featuring some didgeridoos
and 'Rhythm Culture' by DIDJWORKS does the job by fusing trance, urban,
world, jazz and funk elements into the one track.
understanding and agreement is the message portrayed in 'Akoma' by ADESA,
which is suitably matched by the song's mid-tempo beats. The percussion
intro at the start of 'Fou La Tete' by ARIEL KALMA will catch the listener
unaware that this is a percussion only track and sounds far more interesting
than it should be. The main sentiments expressed in 'Earthsong' by KARUNESH,
no, not the Michael Jackson song, is that everything comes from Mother
Earth and that is where, one day, everything will eventually return.
The final track on the album is 'Gate Keeper' by ATMAN who apparently
makes the best traditional Indian chants and ambience, and judging from
this track that description is not far wrong.
Yet again a near
perfect compilation except for a couple of tracks that refuse to get
going. As always, if you have any interest in World Music, than you
should check out Music Mosaic's website and sample some of the other
delights that they have to offer.
Music Mosaic website: http://www.music-mosaic.com
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