Gnawa: Carpathian Touch

by Tariqa

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The music produced and performed by the Hungarian based ensemble Tariqa is simultaneously reminiscent of the proto world-music innovations of John Coltrane’s Africa Brass in the 60s and the 70s futuristic Sufi inspired jazz of the Human Arts Ensemble. Led by Saïd Tichiti originally from the Moroccan Sahara, Tariqa’s ecstatic momentum is firmly based on gnawa drumming and guembri bass lines spiced by rippling carpathian cimbalom, violins and flute. Top this all with Saharian desert blues vocals and horn parts full of urgent urban American howling and Klezmer screams, and the effect is nothing less than 21st century musical bliss. Tariqa’s new CD is a musical breakthrough Bartok, Coltrane and the late Ali Farka Toure would all likely relate to. Blessed and possessed by the powerful spirits that inhabit the Euro-Asian-African crossroads that shaped and continue to shape our destiny- Tariqa swings and rocks hard to a warm universal musical embrace.
Darrell Jónsson

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released September 4, 2011

Said Tichiti - voice, guembri
Dresch Mihály - saxophone, furulya
Kovács Ferenc - violin, trumpet, voice
Lukács Miklós - cimbalom
Halmos András - drums
Kamal Boudraf - karkabat, voice

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