Before this review I had never heard of Tribal soup. They’re fairly new on the scene and still building their core audience. The most enjoyable element of the music produced by Tribal Soup is, in my opinion, by far the drumming.
The jazz influenced songs I personally did not enjoy. I found the musical elements took away from the drum rhythm and, for me, did not mesh well. I found it difficult improvise to these songs. I also found it difficult to get a sense of place or feeling. Is this something that should be considered important or should a dancer be able to just dance?
My favourite songs from Tribal Soup included Lolo, Masmoudi Dub and Moroccan Strut. I loved how the fusion of different musical style did not take focus away from the drumming. I felt the beat to these songs was much easier to move to. I was able to get into a rhythm and enjoy the music.
Overall I thought that Tribal Soup were unique and enjoyable to listen to. Look them up and see what you feel.
Raquy and the Cavemen
The second artist I have chosen is Raquy and the Cavemen. A dynamic duo who are known for fusing Middle Eastern drumming with hard rock energy and melodic tunes.
Not only is the pace of drumming and ability outstanding, the variety of songs is amazing. Each song takes me to a different place. The instruments and rhythms used are very influential.
My favourite songs include The Green Lover, Kurdish, Cabaret Macabre and The Mad Marionettist. I feel their music is quite theatrical and could be interpreted through ‘dancing a story’ as well as improvising choreography, a key aspect in belly dancing.
The various instruments and rhythms in their music not only give scope for variation in style but also how a dancer interprets the music. Each of their albums is one I cannot listen to without having to get up and dance.
It is so easy to get lost in the music, in fact, if I do get lost don’t come and find me