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Soul Makassar
Soul Makassar
Genres: World Music, Pop
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After the danceable delights of D, Tarika plunge back into a style that wraps serious ideas in a joyful musical robe while looking at the Indonesian ancestry of Madagascar. Thus tracks like "Sulawesi" shine an importa...  more »


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All Artists: Tarika
Title: Soul Makassar
Members Wishing: 1
Total Copies: 1
Label: Triloka Records
Release Date: 4/9/2002
Album Type: Import
Genres: World Music, Pop
Styles: Africa, Far East & Asia
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 793018521024

After the danceable delights of D, Tarika plunge back into a style that wraps serious ideas in a joyful musical robe while looking at the Indonesian ancestry of Madagascar. Thus tracks like "Sulawesi" shine an important light on the band and the big red island, connecting the dots across the Indian Ocean. Produced by Sabah Habas Mustapha, who has a strong Indonesian musical pedigree himself, this disc offers a seamless mix of elements from both geographic areas and illustrates the common root. Of course, this being Tarika, the disc also features songs in French, some superb playing on the vahila and marovany, and plenty of rhythms to set the feet tapping. Further, there are sororal harmonies that come close to being unearthly, not to mention a charmingly naive cover of "Be My Baby" and some Malagasy rap to round things out. It's Tarika's most diverse and ambitious statement to date--an anthropological document with a groove. --Chris Nickson

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Tarika's best album to date explores Indonesian roots
woburnmusicfan | Woburn, MA United States | 04/13/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Madagascar was originally settled about 1,500 years ago by Indonesians. In 1999, the Madagascar band Tarika's leader Hanitra Rasoanaivo visited Indonesia and found the roots of a lot of Malagasy traditions. On this resulting album, Tarika gets together with several Indonesian musicians to explore their common musical roots.But that's not what makes this Tarika's best album to date. Their songwriting has made a huge leap forward here. For the first time, their melodies and arrangements are as strong as their rhythmic sense. The songs "Koba", "Allo Cheri", "Baraka", "Set Me Free", "Aretina", the ballad "Ela", and "Sekta" are all drop dead gorgeous. The band uses many instruments native to Madagascar; the harp-like sounds of the valiha and marovany give an ethereal quality to the music. This album has all the stuff I love about the best Malagasy music. While Tarika often writes about serious subjects, this won't mean much to those who don't speak Malagasy. The music is joyous--I defy you to tell which song is about cultural imperialism and which is about rice pudding without referring to the liner notes. The album includes a cover of the Ronettes' "Be My Baby", with verses in English, French, and Malagasy. The production, by Sabah Habas Mustapha, is flawless. As usual, mentor Ian Anderson (of Jethro Tull fame) contributes some liner notes and a slide guitar cameo."
Outstanding African WORLD Music
doomsdayer520 | Pennsylvania | 04/30/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)

"My copy of this CD came with a sticker stating that Time Magazine has called Tarika one of the ten best bands on Earth. Well that's cool but you'd have to be familiar with every single band in the world to make a statement like that. But accolades like that are indeed reasonable for this excellent band from Madagascar, who start with a foundation of traditional African music, but have added a plethora of intriguing ingredients from around the world. This is true "world" music. And I don't mean the music industry's simple definition of the term - which basically means anything non-Western. The concept behind this album is the cultural connections between the peoples of Madagascar and Indonesia, which have been much researched by group leader Hanitra. Therefore a seamless fusion of African and Asian sounds makes up the foundation of this album. The Asian influences are especially pronounced in "Koba" (which has killer vocal harmonies) and "Set Me Free." But there are other surprise flavors throughout this disc, including a surprising Country & Western influence in "Tovovavy" (I understand that C&W is actually popular in Madagascar); plus a remake of "Be My Baby," known here as "Malalako," which is sung in three different languages. The sinister closer "Madindo" shows a clear Middle Eastern (especially Moroccan) influence, with even a hint of reggae in the rhythm. This is pure musicianship at its best, from a band that clearly has vast knowledge both of their own African music traditions plus other sounds from around the world. As an added bonus, check out the fascinating liner notes about the Madagascar-Indonesia connection."
I wish that I could give this album more than 5 stars!!!
woburnmusicfan | 06/24/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This album typifies the best of WORLD MUSIC FUSION. Cultural and linguistic boundaries are crossed, intertwained, and revamped. Exotic yet familiar, peaceful yet jubilant....this CD aims to please all audiences! (And does so very successfully!) This CD is a wonderful addition to any musical library appealling to the highly trained instrumentalist to the most earnest lover of music appreciation. I highly recommended without any reservation."