01 December 2005

Brilliant Rhythms: Spain's Tactequete (CD Review)

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From the opening notes of "Pan Bata" with steel pan and congas leading the charge, you might well mistake this for a Caribbean group. What soon becomes clear is that Spanish group Tactequete is no respecter of musical boundaries as they pursue the perfect groove. This troupe of global percussionists and their phalanx of instruments make all manner of melodious racket, from the calls of birds awakening on "Bona Nit" to the watery sounds of "Aigua," on which they play everything from udu to sponges to a bowl of corn flakes. The accompanying DVD shows the band in action, performing 11 songs, about half of which also appear on the CD. A must for any lover of world percussion, found instruments, and entrancing rhythms.

My apologies for being largely absent from SoundRoots this week (even as our hits have been skyrocketing!). Have been consumed with projects, including interviews with Charlie Gillett and David Krakauer, and you'll be reading more about their recent projects here in coming days. Oh, and please keep leaving those encouraging comments - those little votes of confidence, or leads on more music to explore, are most energizing!

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