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Tribal Trance Dance CD - Tribal World-Beat & Ethnic Fusion

Various Artists

Trance dance music - Trance out to tribal rhythms merged with Turkish Drum & Bass, Moroccan ethno-pop, Dj mix from Ghana and Brazilian electro-rap. Journey with American Indian medicine men and Australian hill-people from the rainforests of Oceania to the brash Indo-pop clubs of Indonesia. Modern ethnic dance music with djembe, derbuka, gamelan, bagpipe, native flutes, tabla, log drum and other exotic instruments.

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Title Description Musicians and Instruments
1. Earthsong by Karunesh, Oreade, 5:42 Connecting to Mother Earth, where everything originated and everything will return. About the ancient tales. Karunesh: keyboards, synthesiser, programming
2. Tribal Trance Dance by Kamal Engels / Ariel Kalma, 4:49 Joyous celebration of the tribe to let go, make noise and dance. Kamal Engels: keyboards, programming, vocals - Ariel Kalma: bamboo flute, vocals - Stefen Be: dumbeck, percussion
3. Fou la Tête by Ariel Kalma, 4:20 Hand percussion galore in which Dumbeck, Derbuka, Log Drums, Jun-jun (or Dun-dun), Indonesian turtle cymbals all have fun playing a driving rhythm. Stephen Be: dumbeck - Dolphin Dave: dun dun drum - Greg Sheehan: cymbals - Matt Goodwin: log drums
4. Taniye by Bekaye Kouyate & Sonkoma, 6:30 Based on traditional songs of Mali. A call for justice and human rights, but also having fun with your friends, teasing them about finding a soulmate. Bekaye Kouyate: vocals - Justin Knox: kinkini drum - Matt Spencer: electric guitar - GEL-O: turntable
5. Akoma by Adesa, Heaven on Earth, 3:36 Music from Ghana - Groovy voices and rhythms in the Twi's language. Akoma means patience, tolerance, understanding and agreement. Julius Nartey: balafon, vocals - Nii Ayi Conen: korlegonor, vocals, djembe - Lantey Lankai: bunte, gome, blekete - Korkoi Odametey: percussion
6. Razali (Nabil Khalidi) by Zehava Ben, NMC Music Ltd, 3:23 Dancey Oriental-pop track that brings a smile to our face and the urge to move our body. Zehava Ben:vocals - Yutara Yakamura: drum programming - Stephane Castry: bass
7. Rhythm Culture by Didjworks, 5:23 World-chill-trance-fusion didgeridoo urban beats with worl instruments and voice - a hybrid musical experience of the planet's cultures in a laid back but danceable groove. Simon 7: didgeridoo, sitar - Paula Jeanine: percussion - Deep Singh: tabla
8. Hamu by Friedel Lelonek, 6:41 Drum & Bass meet at the Bosphorus! World music at its best, energy track making us move with the rhythms. Friedel Lelonek: djembe, darbuka, electronic programming
9. Xingu by Professor Trance, Natale Music, 7:34 Honoring all the indiginous tribes of the world, their music, and their invitation to spirit to embody them for the purpose of healing through trance dance. Frank Natale: vocals, percussion - Alain Eskinasi: keyboards - Pim Kilian: percussion
10. Kronos by Solace, 6:40 A variety of Middle Eastern instruments change rhythms for a bellycious dance! Jeremiah M.Soto: keyboard - Alex Spurkel: dumbek - Dann M. Torres: oud


Tribal Trance Dance reviewed by Steve Allat: The Muse's Muse

I've listened to many compilation CD's before, especially dance and trance (being a drummer and world music listener) and this is one of the better ones that I've had the pleasure of listening to, let alone without having to seek it out. There seems to be a big 'risk' factor inherent in this type of compilation. Producer Ariel Kalma has done what few people in his position have managed to do - that is, to assemble songs from a variety of sources that really do blend together and also to produce them in such a way that the sonic tone of the CD is the same from beginning to end, which is really a treat.

On this disc, which features songs from Turkey, Morocco, Ghana, Brazil, the Americas, Australia and more, Ariel manages to assemble a set of songs of 'modern ethnic dance music with djembe, derbuka, native flutes, tabla, log drum and other exotic instruments', as well as to provide lush programming to tie the overall theme together. Only diverse vocals manage to really set some songs apart, with a special mention going out to Zehava Ben for her Arabic vocals on 'Razali', by far my favourite track.

There are no weak tracks here, only a diversity which will of course be to the listener's discretion to judge. After all, no matter how well performed, produced and arranged any compilation is, if you don't dig the didgeridoo at the best of times, then chances are you may not here. I must admit, though, that even some sounds I tend to not prefer were very 'softly' delivered, which is well-done, because 'harsh' and 'trance' just don't mix now do they?

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