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Tarika
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Genres: World Music, Pop
 
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The best thing to come out of Madagascar since the lemur, Tarika this time out are looking on the lighter side with an album of unadulterated dance music. And what dance music! They redo some classic Malagasy 45s from the ...  more »

      
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All Artists: Tarika
Title: D
Members Wishing: 1
Total Copies: 0
Label: Xenophile Records
Original Release Date: 1/12/1999
Re-Release Date: 4/28/2000
Genres: World Music, Pop
Style: Africa
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 048248405324, 633236703423

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The best thing to come out of Madagascar since the lemur, Tarika this time out are looking on the lighter side with an album of unadulterated dance music. And what dance music! They redo some classic Malagasy 45s from the '70s, bringing rhythms like the salegy and the sigaoma roaring to life, and mix it up with original material that's every bit as strong. Their Son Egal album, with its political edge, saw Tarika really mature as a band; now they're ready to have some fun. The guitar and bass work is jaw-droppingly good, the voices weave a gorgeous tapestry over the beat, and a few Western guests enhance the sound here and there. If you can't dance to this, you're probably already six feet under. --Chris Nickson

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This band continue to amaze with every new release
01/17/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)

"The amazing thing about Tarika is that every new record they make is both different from the one before, and full of variety within itself. Compared with say soukous bands, rai bands, mbalax bands who have only a handful of variations on a basic regional style, Tarika always come up with new ideas which nevertheless fit perfectly in their overall style. On this new album they've gone for Malagasy dance styles, but every track is a fresh surprise. Some of this is because they've brought in a few different western instruments (violin, clarinet, harmonica) - all of which I believe are commonly found in Madagascar - and once again they've used a different producer, but it's the range of ideas that is so breathtaking. I particularly like three contrasting tracks: "Mihestika" which is one of the wildest thing's they've ever done, "Raitra" which is a gorgeous ballad and sounds almost Polynesian, and "Retany" which is such a bouncy, catchy opener it ought to be out there as a pop single, but it's all great. Well done Hanitra and the gang, and producer Hijaz too."