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Nexus Tribal

by Phil Thornton

Bellydance friendly world fusion / Tribal fusion with Bulgarian and Romany vocals, ethnic and electronic instrumentation and percussion.
Genre: World: Belly Dancing
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1. Duma Sa Duma
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2. Bay City Shimmy (fusion Mix)
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3. Golden Gate Mist
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4. Raqs Shehani
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5. Sunrise Over TriBeCa
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6. In The Bubble
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7. Ferozashah
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8. Tribal Space
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9. Yah Wahley
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10. Ali's Mizmar
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11. Ederlezi Trance
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12. Raqs Rhodope
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13. The Broadoak Sheik
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14. Bay City Shimmy (fat Chance Mix)
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Early in 2007, a trip to the Gambia kick-started a chain of events which ultimately resulted in the release of this album..

Funded by the U.K. arts council the trip was a songwriters cultural exchange allowing a variety of British based musicians to live and work closely with musicians and performers from the Wolof, Jola, Mandinka and Karandinka tribes.

The result of these collaborations became the ongoing Xam Xam project (for more info see www.xamxam.com…)

The experience encouraged me to branch out and make an album of music inspired by tribal cultures from around the world. As this idea developed the focus shifted towards Eastern European folklore and the ‘tribal’ dance styles emerging from the USA.

Having previously been inspired by the recording process instigated during the 'Egypt' series of albums (which was based around recording sessions in Cairo with my good friend Hossam Ramzy the Egyptian master percussion), inspired me to instigate a similar but more open ended plan, collaborating with performers on location in preference to bringing them in to the studio.

Starting with a couple of small 'try out' gigs in NYC world music / fusion theme began to develop.
Material from this first phase ended up appearing on the album as 'Yah Wahley' (written with Lilith) and 'Edelezi Trance' (which became the backdrop for Dalinda to overlay a traditional Romany song).

By Christmas 2007, I found myself in San Francisco getting to know the tribal belly-dancing scene, (American Tribal Style in particular) At this point the album became more centred around music suitable for this type of performance,
Carolina Nericcio (Founder member of dance troupe Fat Chance Belly Dance and inventor of ATS) in particular proved invaluable in guiding me towards a suitable style.

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by I love brian jacques

This is one of my all-time favorite bellydance CDs!
There really is something on here for every dancer. I love the generous use of the didgeridoo and also the zills. And I love that a lot of traditional Middle Eastern instruments and drums were used in a very modern, cool way.
Warm up or add a little 'oomph!' to a veil routine with "Sunrise Over TriBeCa"; hone your ATS/improv skills with the varying tempos and moods in "Duma Sa Duma" (my favorite!) or "Raqs Rhodope" (warning: it gets crazy fast!); and the awesome "Bay City Shimmy", with it's hypnotic melody and throbbing bass line, is perfect for a slinky tribal fusion number (not to mention how tempo-perfect the Fat Chance Mix version is for any improvisational style tribal).


This CD is not just for the tribal dance enthusiast, though! "In the Bubble" would be great for a cabaret number, and "Ferozashah" really gives a soloist a chance to shine (starts off all didgeridoo-ish and wandering, and then alternates between a slinky drum beat and a full-out stampede of sound...get those zills ready!!).

It's hard to express how truly awesome this CD is without sounding like a total infomercial, but there you have it...awesome CD. Awesome. The 30 second sound clips of each song don't do any of them justice.

If I had to pick my top songs:
1) Duma Sa Duma
2) Bay City Shimmy (Fat Chance Mix)
3) Ferozashah

Warm up or add a little 'oomph!' to a veil routine with "Sunrise Over TriBeCa"; hone your ATS/improv skills with the varying tempos and moods in "Duma Sa Duma" (my favorite!) or "Raqs Rhodope" (warning: it gets crazy fast!); and the awesome "Bay City Shimmy", with it's hypnotic melody and throbbing bass line, is perfect for a slinky tribal fusion number (not to mention how tempo-perfect the Fat Chance Mix version is for any improvisational style tribal).

This CD is not just for the tribal dance enthusiast, though! "In the Bubble" would be great for a cabaret number, and "Ferozashah" really gives a soloist a chance to shine (starts off all didgeridoo-ish and wandering, and then alternates between a slinky drum beat and a full-out stampede of sound...get those zills ready!!).

It's hard to express how truly awesome this CD is without sounding like a total infomercial, but there you have it...awesome CD. Awesome. The 30 second sound clips of each song don't do any of them justice.

If I had to pick my top songs:
1) Duma Sa Duma
2) Bay City Shimmy (Fat Chance Mix)
3) Ferozashah
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