Caravane (Marrakchi Records MR001, 2011)
Caravane is the global electronica project of British musician Nick Wilde. He moved to Marakech (Morocco), where he opened a production studio in the Marrakech medina. Caravane is the result of his music interactions with Moroccan musicians.
Wilde has a background in electronic dance music so naturally; he combined electronica with Moroccan traditional and Arabic classical music on Caravane. However, the overall sound is a series of mesmerizing laid back pieces, not dance music. Wilde met local musicians and renowned musicians from other parts of Morocco during his travels throughout the North African country and the agreed to participate in his project.
Caravane features Foulane Bouhssine, a Berber who teaches Moroccan and Saudi National Orchestra members the violin, on vocals, ribab and violin; Nisrine Elkaami on vocals; Kamal Mourib on vocals; Oum el Ghait Benessahraoui on vocals; Mohsin Foura on vocals.
Caravane is a superb fusion of the ancient and modern sounds of Morocco with cutting edge electronica.
Author: Angel Romero
Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music and progressive music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel produced several 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 and electronic music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World, Lektronic Soundscapes, and Mindchild Records. Angel is currently based in Durham, North Carolina.