T+L Reports: Distant Sounds
Four groups celebrate the breadth of world music with new releases. Barcelona's Ojos de Brujo is known for a "pop" blend of flamenco, rumba, and hip-hop, and on Remixes from "Barí" (World Village), gypsy guitarist Ramón Giménez and DJ Panko amp up the dance beat. • On her album, Sumiglia (ECM), versatile Greek chanteuse Savina Yannatou weaves together songs from such disparate sources as Albania, Ukraine, Corsica, and Palestine. Yannatou, along with her ensemble Primavera en Salonico, demonstrates both the similarities and the differences in styles of music from the Mediterranean region. Though the songs are traditional, her delivery is anything but. • Faryad, the Farsi word for "cry out," is the title of the two-CD set from Masters of Persian Music (World Village). Preeminent Iranian musicians—lead singer Mohammad Reza Shajarian, tar lutist Hossein Alizadeh, spiked-fiddle player Kayhan Kalhor, and vocalist and tombak drummer Homayoun Shajarian—improvise on Persian classical music, a tradition that extends back to medieval times. • "Who are you?" growls French-Algerian rocker Rachid Taha on the title track of Tékitoi (Wrasse). Taha's music is as steeped in punk as it is in Maghrebi rai, and he pumps up both in his wry cover of "Rock the Casbah," by the Clash.