Dance Like a Galician

Ialma - Simbiose

Simbiose (Fol Música/Boa, 2011)

Ialma is a lively group of five Galician female vocalists and percussionists based in Belgium. On their latest album, Simbiose (Symbiosis) They play irresistible contemporary dance tunes with roots in Galician folk music, although they also incorporate influences form their adopted country.

There is an ancient tradition of female groups in Galicia (Spain) who sing accompanied by tambourines (pandeiretas) and other percussion instruments. In this case, Ialma goes beyond Galician folk traditions, incorporating modern music elements such as jazz, pop, reggae and Latin music elements, as well as diatonic accordion and songs from other folk traditions such as traditional Quebec folk piece “Na Iauga.” The weakest cut is ‘100 Voltas’, which features annoying (and unnecessary) rapping.

Ialma’s line-up includes Verónica Codesal, Marisol Palomo, Nuria Aldao, Natalia Codesal and Magali Menéndez. Although they are residents of Brussels, they still keep a vital link with Galicia, their homeland and main source of artistic inspiration.

Musicians featured in the album include Pascal Chardome on guitar, piano, Fender Rhodes, programming; Didier Laloy on diatonic accordion; Frédéric Malempre on drums & percussion; Bo Waterschoot on bass; Ad Cominotto on programming & percussion; Didier Fontaine on drums; Osvaldo Hernández on percussion; El Puto Coke on rap & programming; Carlos Blanco on vocal; Bert Joris on trumpet & bugle; Luc Piilartz on violin; Stephane Kraemer on programming; Bruno Fevery on electric guitar; Gregorio Melgosa on gaita; David Valdes on gaita; Liam Fennelly on fiddle; Jowan Merckx on recorder alto & soprano, bagpipe from the center of France; Jurgen De Bruyn on medieval lute; Coro ‘Obradoiro Vocal A Vila’ (Choir) conducted by Alberto Abal; and Jules Fradet on percussion.

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Author: Angel Romero

Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music music for many years. He founded the websites and Angel produced several TV specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World.


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