Zookeeper Online

Find It!
Classic Search
Recent Album Reviews
A-File
DJ Zone!
Playlists by Date
Airplay Charts
Contact KZSU Music
 
login  (help)
Alsarah & The Nubatones / Silt
Album:Silt Collection:World
Artist:Alsarah & The Nubatones Added:11/2014
Label:Wonderwheel Recordings 

A-File Activity
Add Date:2014-11-14 Pull Date:2015-01-16 Charts:Blues
Week Ending:18 Jan11 Jan28 Dec21 Dec14 Dec7 Dec30 Nov23 Nov
Airplays:23111311

Recent Airplay
1.Thu, 27 Apr 17:Kray Bae Bae
The Road Trip
4.Fri, 16 Jan 15:Young Mick
funk to folk
2.Tue, 17 Mar 15:Ramzi Salti
Arabology
5.Tue, 13 Jan 15:Ramzi Salti
Arabology
3.Tue, 27 Jan 15:Ramzi Salti
Arabology
6.Sat, 10 Jan 15:Eme O
Music Casserole

Album Review
Abu Ramses
Reviewed 2014-11-12 
Alsarah & The Nubatones, Silt (Wonderwheel Recordings, 2014)

Reviewed by Abu Ramses
ALL TRACKS FCC CLEAN

Debut album! Alsarah, the lead female vocalist hails from the Nubian region of northern Sudan (extends into southern Egypt) but grew up in Yemen. Now based in Brooklyn, she follows in the tradition of the late Hamza El Din, bringing Nubian-inflected music to the world, playing oud, singing mostly in Arabic. Album has traditional tunes (1, 3, 9, 11), AlSarah’s original compositions (2, 6, 7) her translation from Nubian to Arabic (8), and others’ material. I’m partial to the oud.

Tracks
***1. Habibi Taal (Come Lover) – Swingy beat w/female choral backup – 3:18
**2. Soukura (It's Late) - driving beat with oud, tar & vocal. Watch the video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0KFBKcl4CD0 – 5:00
***3. Nuba Noutou – Very quick ensemble musical intro to solo in Nubian - 4:48
****4. Oud Solo – instrumental improvisation & plaintive vocal – 2:35
5. Bilad Aldahb (Gold Country) – Plaintive oud & tar intro to mid-tempo duet- 6:02
**6. Fugu (Shams Alhurria/ Sun of Freedom) Big percussion intro before up-beat vocal – 4:38
7. Rennat – Slow solo & minimalist instrumental backup; speedup at 1:00 - 4:53
8. Wad Alnuba (Nuba Valley), feat. Sounds of Taraab - heavy duty drumming -4:04
9. Yanas Baridou – Tar, sticks, oud with up tempo solo vocal & palmas - 6:01
10. Nuba Drums (Solo) – 1:33
11. Jibal Alnuba (Nuba Mountains) – Other-worldly sound. Female chorus – 4:13

Track Listing
1.Habibi Taal (Come Lover) 6.Fugu (Shams Alhurria/Sun Of Freedom)
2.Soukura (It's Late) 7.Rennat
3.Nuba Noutou 8.Wad Alnuba (Valley Of Nubia) Feat. Sounds Of Taraab
4.Oud Solo 9.Yanas Baridou
5.Bilad Aldahb (Gold Country) 10.Nuba Drums (Solo)
 11.Jibal Alnuba (Mountains Of Nubia)