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Abacabok

Tartit

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Album Review

As others have overtaken them, it's easy to forget that Tartit were pioneers among the new generation of desert blues ensembles. But there's a grave celebration in their mostly acoustic sound that's so thoroughly rooted in both place and tradition, with singers backed largely just by drums and handclaps, with a one-string fiddle and three-string lute for melody. This is what they offer on the opener, "Tabey Tarate," with male and female voices trading off in call and response over the rhythm. Abacabok sounds wonderfully spontaneous, as if they'd sat down with the producer and suddenly decided to make the record on the spot, drafting in occasional guests to offer change-ups, as electric guitar and bass do on "Ansari," where the electricity brings them very close to Tinariwen. But that seems like a commercial concession; it's when they're most stripped-down that they shine brightest. Even a luminary like Afel Bocoum doesn't do anything to enhance the purity of their sound. It might seem too stark for some ears, but there's genuine beauty here.

Customer Reviews

a new sound

this cd is so fun and the sound is so new. they formed in a refugee camp in Burkina Faso, and have toured in the UK and and USA. it all sounds so good

Love em

Wish they would bring out more! The quality is superb and well worth your money if you want a piece of history and culture!

Biography

Formed: Mali

Genre: World

Years Active: '00s

One of the premier purveyors of the Afro-beat counterpoint and ballad sound in the new world, Tartit (meaning union) hail from the Tombouctou region of Mali. They comprise five women and four men, all members of the Tamasheq ethnic group known as Tuareg. They met in a refugee camp in Burkina Faso, where their music was a means of survival in the face of the economic, social, and political strife of the region. In 1995 Tartit performed their first concert in Abidjan, Côte D'Ivoire, and played the...
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  • $11.99
  • Genres: World, Music
  • Released: Oct 01, 2006

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