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Radio Babel

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  • Artist: Watcha Clan
  • Album-No: CD-PIR2543
  • Country: Europe - France, Africa - Sahara
  • Style: Balkans, Orient, Electronic
  • File under: Electro / World / France / Algeria / Mediterranean
  • Country of production: Germany
  • Released: 2011
  • Rights: Please contact the Piranha Records Team, which takes care of all publishing, licensing and legal affairs.

On Radio Babel, the electronics have taken a slight backseat to more mature and fuller songwriting. Kouti and K's harmonizing on the Tuareg-drenched "Hasnaduro" is yet another example of cultural convergence. Pulling from the great surge in Malian desert music via Tinariwen and Toumast, Watcha Clan injects a hearty dose of electric guitars, ululations and North African percussion, including the low register of the bass-like gumbri, into this throbbing dance song. Perhaps the most inventive song, however, is the band's take on the 17th century Hebrew poem by Rabbi Shalom Shabazi, "Im Nin'alu," most famously covered by Israeli great Ofra Haza.
Whatever sound these nomadic souls travel through, you can be certain that Watcha Clan will accomplish what great artists do: highlight the similarities between cultures through music, instead of complaining about the differences. To hear the sound of one world united by music, join the movement on Radio Babel.

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