Unhurried Rhythms and Images of the Peoples of the Desert

Various Artists


Spirit – Peoples of the Desert
(Palm World
Voices PALMDV3133, 2006)

A soothing antidote to any lingering remains of the all pervasive festive season
schmaltz and late winter blues,


Spirit
is the latest presentation in a series of
lavishly decorative and weighty packages of CD and DVD from Chris Blackwell’s
(he of Island Records and Palm Pictures) Palm World Voices.

It’s a thoughtful and cohesive compilation, culled largely from albums of the
1980s and 90s, including elegant tracks from Turkish guitarist
Erkan
Ogur
, "Çavin
Ote Yüzünde" and from ‘ud player,

Anouar Brahem
, "Conte De L’Incroyable Amour." The relaxing segue of the first two tracks, Bel Canto’s "Buthana" and Desert
Equation from Sussan Deyhim and Richard Horowitz, takes you instantly into a
better frame of mind. Following through with Spirit’s theme of ethereal
ambience, reminiscent shades of early
Mercan
Dede
can be heard in the unhurried
rhythms and sounds of both

Jamshied Sharifi
’s "Anahita Will Sustain You" and
Omar
Faruk Tekbilek
’s "Long Wait" – there’s a wealth of equally cool mellowness from
start to finish, very suitably rounded off by the mesmeric "Assoul" from

Tinariwen
.

On the DVD, the CD tracks accompany splendidly dissolving and overlaid images of
desert life and landscape, which could be viewed as a bit romantic and arty, so
what? It will certainly have you hungering for warmer climes.

The accompanying book, rather more of a booklet and generously illustrated with
photographs, is authored by Robin Denselow, the respected British music
journalist. There’s plenty of description and background to history, music,
religion, legends etc. but other than minimal listing, if you want to know more
about the individual musicians and bands you’ll have to go a-googling.

Buy


Spirit – Peoples of the Desert
.

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