Magazine article New Internationalist

(Radio Tarifa. Rumba Argelina)

Magazine article New Internationalist

(Radio Tarifa. Rumba Argelina)

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Rumba Argelina by Radio Tarifa (World Circuit WCD 042)

MUCH HAS BEEN written about the way Spanish flamenco and North African music have infiltrated each other over the course of centuries. But rarely does an album demonstrate these links as vivaciously as Radio Tarifa's Rumba Argelina. Hailing from Tarifa in southern - most Spain - a crow's fly from Tangiers and close enough to North Africa to hear the muezzin's call to prayer - Radio Tarifa is headed by Benjamin Escoriza, Vincent Molina and Fain S Duenas. Their music, although made up of easily identifiable elements, is quite unlike anything else. It's imaginary music: a music for a place and time that never was. Medieval - sounding cadences combine with haunting flutes, hammering flamenco beats and sombre violin lines. The Spanish - language songs are mainly traditionally based through removed as if to a parallel world by the group's touch. …

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