Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Camel Road is a recording with Global Legs.
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I was ready to write off a whole generation of young Arabic composers & musicians, when Sharkiat and "Camel Road" changed my mind. I'm an admitted Luddite on the subject of Middle-Eastern popular music: I could open an Arabic "Golden Oldies" station with just my collection of Om Kalsoum & Farid al-Attresh recordings. It's only been lately I've experimented with new artists and found them most disappointing. Westernization & technology is turning a rich, exciting musical style repetitious and dull. Sharkiat salvaged my impression and they just may be the vanguard of Middle-Eastern musical evolution.I recommend this CD to individuals interested in the future of Orientale music, lovers of acid jazz and anyone who likes unique world music. "Camel Road: is an exciting blend of old and new; it blends traditional rhythms and instrumentation within a Western jazz format. Sharkiat's percussion tracks are hypnotic, making ample use of zar, maksoom and village rhythms throughout the recording. They also suprise you with subtle jams on their more lyrical tracks. I recommend "Camel Road" those interested in Middle-Eastern music for listening, jazz fans, dancers (Mid-Eastern & Western theatrical) and musicians interested in world music."
Dull, synthetic arabic music
(2 out of 5 stars)
"I was hoping to find new Arabic music,came across Sharkiat and was very disappointed. There are a few decent pieces that truly sound Middle Eastern --Rast being one of them. Too synthesized and muddled for my liking."