New Reviews: June 28, 2004

Reviews by Matthew J. Forss

Yankele Nel Ghetto
CNI Music

Based in Rome, Italy, Klezroym perform songs of the Lodz Ghetto. Yankele Nel Ghetto contains folk songs on saxophone, clarinet, trumpet, flugelhorn, guitar, bouzouki, banjo, double bass, drums and voice. Klezroym perform Klezmer music from the Jewish communities of Eastern Europe. Each track contains various levels of instrumental intensity and expressive vocals that enthrall any listener. Overall, Klezroym continue to pass on an important and incredible musical form worthy of a global significance. Remarkable instrumentation and lively vocals!

La Via Della Sete
CNI Music

The Sicilian music group, Nuklearte, tackle issues of social and environmental injustices with their latest release, La Via Della Sete (The Way Of The Thirst). Musically, Nuklearte incorporate contemporary programming and electronic arrangements with guitars, percussion, keyboards and melodic vocals. Contemporary instrumentation backs up vocal pieces sung in Djula, English, Italian, Sicilian and Lingala. Instrumentation from India and North Africa evoke Rai rhythms, smooth jazz undertones and ambient/trip-hop back beats reminiscent of Irish composer Ronan Hardiman and global music sensation Enigma. However, Nuklearte retain their unique sound of individualism through introspection. Overall, every track is musically sound and infectious to the ear. Without a doubt, one of the best contemporary world music albums of 2004!

Marie Merci
CNI Music

Hailing from Italy, Tabule perform energetic, instrumental folk music and vibrant male voicings. Several tracks include the implementaion of organetto (accordion), mandolin, classic guitar, acoustic guitar, contrabass, bass, bouzouki, violin, douf and riqq. Various styles of Balkan and Mediterranean folk, blues, Scandinavian folk and Greek music are included on Marie Merci. All vocal tracks are sung in Italian. Lively instrumentation and catchy melodies signify Tabule’s best attributes.

Matthew J. Forss is currently a full-time student at Lakeland College-Sheboygan, Wisconsin. He is majoring in Biology and German Language/Culture. Since 1998, he has collected numerous musical instruments and CDs from around the world. Also in 1998, he wrote a paper on Mongolian Ethnomusicology, entitled: How Does Music Play An Important Role In The Life And Culture Of Mongolia? Currently, he has collected over 100 CDs that represent dozens of different countries. His general interests include ethnomusicology journalism and researching the traditional/contemporary ethnic music of various cultures from around the world. His specific, geographic areas of study include the traditional and popular music from Central Eurasia (especially Mongolia, Uzbekistan, Azerbaijan and Turkmenistan.) In November of 2000, he accepted the position of writing world music CD reviews for this site.