Al Tall & Muluk el-Hwa - Xarq Al-Andalus

Posted By MiOd On Monday, June 10, 2013 Under , ,
Muluk el-Hwa(The Demon of Love) was formed in the 1980s by brothers Elaadili and Ben Bich Abderrahim. A Marrakesh-based outfit, they are essentially Berber in composition and derive their rhythmic patterns from the Gnawa order of the Sufis. Unlike many Chaabi bands, Muluk el-Hwa play only traditional acoustic instruments. The group has collaborated with the Spanish band Al Tall and together they have released Xaeq Al-Andalos, a collection of music from Valencia and Arabic poetry. ~ Leon Jackson, All Music Guide

In this little-heard but arguably classic recording in the field of cross-genre fusion, Al Tall, the Catalan flamenco outfit, combines with Muluk el-Hwa, a Moroccan Gnawa ensemble. Despite the many similarities in rhythm and aesthetics, as well as geographical and historical distance, the two genres perhaps wouldn't be expected to work so well together. Nonetheless, the two forms fuse almost seamlessly here. Flamenco's palmas (handclapping) meet Gnawa's qaraqeb (metal castanets) for a versatile, organic rhythmic structure. Similarly, the guitarra flamenco and the ginbri fuse together well, with the ginbri generally providing a bassline for the guitar. Vocals are dominated by cante flamenco here, which is perhaps something of a letdown given the power of Gnawa ritual chant. Still, a fine album all around, and worth hearing for fans of either genre represented or for those seeking something completely different.

[01]. Absencia -La jove negra
[02]. Viage de les mans
[03]. Les pigues
[04]. Nostalgia
[05]. Epistola a un amic
[06]. La tirania-el carrec capgira les virtuts
[07]. El jardi
[08]. El vailet nadador
[09]. La riuada-inundacio d'Alzira
[10]. Elegia

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