Desertore

COMPOSERS: Oskorri
LABELS: Elkar
PERFORMER: Oskorri
CATALOGUE NO: KD-645

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The nationalism of Oskorri is more robust. In Desertore it puts into practice the sentiments of the concluding song, an odd waltz-like paean to the Basque tongue, by banishing any other language in the booklet notes to summaries of the songs in minute type.

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The music has much in common with Celtic contemporary musicians from the Galician bagpiper Susana Seivane to present-day Irish groups, with sweeping tunes, jigging rhythms, lots of pipes and a succession of mellow and hoarse male voices. Exhilarating stuff, looking outward from a secure tradition: several tracks begin with a tabla, and there’s a twanging bouzouki in the ensemble, again paralleling a trend in Ireland.