Aisha: A meeting between Moroccan and Western music

COMPOSERS: Peter Danstrup
LABELS: Dacapo
PERFORMER: Peter Danstrup (bass), Mustapha Baqbou (vocals, sentir, qarqaba, t’bal), Emil de Waal (drums), Thomas Duus (drums, qarqaba), Mikkel Nordsø (guitar), Per Gade (guitar), Ole Theill (tabla)
CATALOGUE NO: DCCD 9426

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A Scandinavian bassist, guitarist and drummer make their own versions of Arab songs, taking on board singers and a couple of instruments from Marrakesh. Yet in the event the singers rule, and everybody else more or less falls in with them.

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The performances are alive and spontaneous, strongly African in feeling – a couple of numbers are not so far removed from contemporary music on the other side of the Sahara. Only a couple of indulgent jazzy guitar breaks and a heavy rock-style number get out of hand, and even they keep up the catchy pace in one of the year’s more surprising successes.