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Čači Vorba – Šatrika | Album Review | Top of the World

Posted on February 12th, 2016 in Recent posts, Reviews by .


Words by Simon Broughton

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Poland’s greatest non-Polish Gypsy group

Čači Vorba is the name of the group, but it’s vocalist and fiddler Maria Natanson who is the star of the show. Their name, in Romani, means ‘True Speech’ and they’re one of the best groups in Poland, although they don’t perform Polish music. The tracks on this, their third, album are in Romanian, Greek, Romani, Serbian and Bulgarian, yet Natanson’s striking voice and inventive instrumental arrangements give it a completely cohesive character. The instrumentation includes accordion, bouzouki, guitar, double bass and percussion, with some guest sarangi, kamancheh and more from multi-instrumentalist Bart Palyga. The spectral violin at the opening of ‘Mehandzija’, a Macedonian Gypsy song, and the transparent accordion and frame-drum texture in the Greek sound of ‘Yasemi Mou’ are just two examples of what makes Čači Vorba so distinctive. The arrangements are mostly by guitarist/bouzouki player Piotr Majczyna.

Natanson went to Carpathian Ukraine, one of Europe’s most isolated regions, aged 15 and spent years learning Gypsy songs and the Romani language. She’s certainly the best gadji (non-Roma) singer performing Gypsy music, and simply one of the most talented around from any background.

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Top of the World March 2016

Posted on January 29th, 2016 in Recent posts, Reviews by .

Our selection of the top ten new releases reviewed in the March (#115) issue.

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Baaba Maal
The Traveller (Marathon Artists)
Baaba Maal returns with his first album in seven years. The Traveller is a career highlight and an exhilarating summation of his life in which his activism and music are seamlessly intertwined. Read our review.

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Grupo Fantasma
Problemas (Blue Corn Music)
The Austin-based nine-piece take on a new approach to recording here; the songs have a new-found sheen and are an entertaining mix of funk, urban groove, rap and Latin pop-rock.

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Mamak Khadem
The Road (Innova)
Despite an undeservingly understated career, the Iranian singer’s third album showcases stunning vocals and various musical influences, from the Middle East to Eastern Europe.

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Show of Hands
The Long Way Home (Hands On Music)
Respected folk act duo Show of Hands mark the new year with a new album, continuing a long run of two decades’ worth of solid material.

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Lost (GFR)
Via the combination of Gaelic wire-strung and concert harps and various electronic elements, Graham Fitkin and Ruth Wall create a suspenseful, yet reserved and cohesive album.

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Vesevo (Agualoca Records)
The Neapolitan trio provide a unique and contemporary take on southern Italy’s traditional songs and dances, utilising catchy rhythms and strong harmonies across nine tracks.

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Pre’volution: Le Président, Ma Moto et Moi (Outhere Records)
The hip-hop artist from Burkina Faso releases his new album, made in the midst of political unrest and revolution in his home country.

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Supernatural Love (Real World)
The electro-cumbia pioneers from Colombia explore the overlooked traditions of the country’s African music. The result is a calm, collected and cool celebration of musical culture.

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Čači Vorba
Šatrika (Oriente Musik)
Fronted by the excellent fiddle player and vocalist Maria Natanson, the Polish group exhibit inventive arrangements and striking vocals on a distinctive collection of songs of Romani origin.

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Pagoda Project
Clarion (Sylvafield)
A meeting between two artists from two different musical backgrounds results in one of this year’s most relaxing and pleasurable listens. A carefully crafted and thoughtful album.

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