THINK OF ONE "Marrakech Emballages Ensemble"
(De Beek 003 - Distrib. Lowlands)
Songs (click on the -icons
for audio) 1.
3. Walz Delire
7. Il faut venir chez nous
8. Sharia Orabi
- Bnet Houaryet : Amina (chant, bendit), Aïsha (chant, tarija), Rabiha (chant,
- Gnawa : Abdel Kebir Esager
Think Of One :
- David Bovée (guitar, composition)
- Abdellah Bhaija (percussion)
- Roel Poriau (drums)
- Tomas De Smet (bas)
- Eric Morrel (sax)
- Bart Maris (trompet)
Mixed by Lieven Muzen & Tom Pintens
Crossover doesn't need to be a mix of rock and funk. Sometimes people cross
completely other soils and territories (ask David Attenborough) : a rather strange
combination like this is to be listened to on "music makery" Think Of
One's project "Marrakech Emballages Ensemble".
Wether they went down there to wrap up a minaret à la Christo, I wouldn't
know, but certain is that David "Bollekes" Bovée & co went
to Morocco on a musical discovery tour, met some interesting musicians, invited
them to Belgium for a few concerts, and recorded this cd during those encounters.
In this collaboration with the "gnawa"-singer" Abdel Kebir Esager
and the female vocal- and percussion-trio "Bnet Houaryet" three musical
horizons seems to clash upon each other : there's the repetetive, African element
(in the guitars, or in the percussion), there's the Arab way of melody and frasing,
and there's the Zappa-ian rock & rhtyhm that the Belgians took with them across
the Atlas. In turns, this exotic and this arty side get the upperhand. Best are
tracks like "Walz Delire" (a song that is also on "We Need New
Animals" by D.A.A.U.), "Alelaminena" (with the occasional burst
into a Arabic form of speedmetal) and the steaming, hypnotizing opener "Marrakech
There's also a flipside to this method, though : some songs are overly repetitive
and monotonous (at least for these untrained western ears), and the percussion
ressembles a herd of cows on their way to a Swiss alp.
A minaret next to the Antwerp cathedral on the sleeve, that's without a doubt
a sort of statement in the Antwerp of today. Yet this project does not have the
feel of a "political" message. The path of such a multi-country collaboration
is not always paved with roses though, as was proven when Think Of One had to
forfeit their plans to bring this Moroccanproject on the Pukkelpop-stage last
week, because the invited musicians couldn't enter the country. The group then
switched to "Antwerps", something they will also do on their next project
"Naft". Some of the members meanwhile have started a brand new project
with North-African roots : "El Baroud" is a belgian-moroccan raï
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This album in the press:
MB in Rif-Raf : "This collaboration
give a new meaning to the term "world music" in a very natural way ...
A waltz in Maghreb-style of a contrabass-trance that would make a derwisj start
whirling, Seefhoek-melancholy and desert rhythms with blazing horns, it's all
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