New Reviews: December 2, 2002

Reviews by Matthew J. Forss

Tab Leh
Ragheb Alama
Mondo Melodia/Ark 21

Arabic pop music maestro, Ragheb Alama, brings us 12 new tracks off his new album titled Tab Leh. Musically, Ragheb sings upbeat pop music from Lebanon. Fans of Arabic/rai music with a rhythm will certainly enjoy Ragheb Alama, and his latest album Tab Leh.

Kale Kalore
Vera Bila & Kale

Grammy Award winning musicians, Vera Bila and Kale from the the Czech Republic, perform traditional gypsy music of the Rom-Pop style. Vera Bila's heart-felt vocals and Kale's traditional instrumentation and back up vocals precisely represent gypsy life and culture. An essential album of contemporary gypsy music that should not be missed!

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, titled: 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.