Monday, January 02, 2006

Now for something completely different

I've been getting more into "world" music, or more simply, music from around the world or with a fusion of various cultures. One of the best "world" bands I have thus far encountered on this musical journey has been 3 Mustaphas 3. Well after that band fell apart nothing has quite come along like them, but Sabah Habas Mustapha has done some work on his own. I got this CD for Christmas off of my wishlist. Don't be put off by the weird cover art. It is really one of most interesting albums I've listened to in a long time. It is a combination of West Javanese traditional music with some Western interpretations and a semi-pop feel to some of the pieces. It is so different from anything I've heard, but not so foreign as to be unpleasant or unrecognizable. It is really a beautiful album. Some songs are festive, others are groovy, some are soothing, and some are a little bizarre. I recommend it to anyone wishing to expand their music tastes.

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