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Friday, June 08, 2007

M'Barka Ben Taleb - Sfinks Festival 2006 - now on dime

This concert caught me by surprise - I had no idea what to expect - I was too lazy to even google around, just recorded it without knowing a word about M'Barka Be Taleb. It features "Altocalore" a great project mixing music from Naples (the place where M'Barka Ben Taleb has been living for several years) with Arab and Eastern music. May be sounding like "world music" at its worst, but it works mighty fine and the outcome is touching on an emotional level and simply beautiful!


M'Barka Ben Taleb (Tunisia) - "Altocalore"
Sfinks Festival
Boechout (Belgium), Concerttent
July 29, 2006

M'Barka Ben Taleb - vocals
Massimiliano Sacchi - clarinet
Marco di Paolo - violoncello
Giulio Fazio - accordion & keyboards
Lorenzo Miletti - oud
Agostino Mass - percussion

FM intro (2:35)
1. unknown (5:15)
2. unknown (4:48)
3. Indifferentemente (5:29)
4. unknown (5:30)
5. unknown (3:48)
6. Zuru Zuru Napoli (3:53)
7. unknown [Lebanese Song] (5:19)
8. unknown (Yawi?) (5:44)
9. Altocalore (4:43)
10. Announcement by M'Barka Ben Taleb (1:16)
11. unknown (4:21)
12. unknown (4:32) [band intros at beginning]
FM outro (0:32)

TT: 57:52

Sound: A/A- (mono)
Source: RSI 2 "Live di mezzanotte" / 2007-06-04
Lineage: FM > HD > Cool Edit Pro > FLAC (8,asb,verify)
Recorded & seeded by ubu

:: further info & links ::

blurb from sfinks site (
Passionate rhythms from Naples' Arab underbelly

Those who attended Eugenio Bennato and Pietra Montecorvino's concerts at Sfinks, have already heard her. M'Barka Ben Taleb was responsible for the passionate arabic vocals. For several years she's been living in Naples where she found a second home after a Tunis childhood. Last year,after collaborating with many Italian artists, she started her first solo project: Altocalore, a cd linked to the movement she started in 2002. Altocalore acts on the assumption that the multicultural society is now a fact and we better deal with it in as positive a fashion as possible. M'Barka performs a straightforward mix of Arabic, Eastern and Italian music. In 'her' Naples, all these cultures interact and together they are the warm heart of the city. Twice at Sfinks, Thursday ánd Saturday.


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