25 February 2008

Mondays mp3: Globalized Shaabi

Antwerp-based Think of One are consummate musical explorers. On their last outing, Trafico, they coaxed the sounds of Brazil through their globalizing filters. This time around it's the strains of Moroccan Shaabi that feed their sound.Think of One - Camping Shaabi CD

This Berber wedding music may be less well known than Algerian Rai, but it's just as full of compelling rhythms and melodies. And Think of One's version of Shaabi is a right sturdy kick in the backside. Bits of dub, electronica, rock, and hip hop compel unconscious head-nodding or outright booty shaking in even the most collected listeners.

This song, sung by Amina and Lalabrouk, tells of "certain dangers with which lonely female moviegoers can be confronted." Throughout the album, you'll hear lyrics varying from French, Arabic, and the Flemish dialect spoken in Antwerp. None of which languages, it should be noted, I speak. So I'm taking their word for the content.

[mp3] Think of One: Mon Verre
from the album Camping Shaabi
band website: www.thinkofone.be

The CD also comes with a bonus video "The Making of Camping Shaabi," which you can also watch, naturally, on YouTube.
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