Volume 1: Sound Magic
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The sheer mastry of their incredible array of irish and africal instruments by this ensemble tells it's own story of true musicianship. Each of the musical themes are enhanced by the power of the various personalities who contribute their own unique cultural enrichment of two very different worlds of experiences and it resonates in this album.
As an example, you can hear the artist's gut level understanding of celtic history and its music under the flying fingers of harpist Myrydhin. The way he handles his celtic harp with it's haunting voice sends rippling thrills shivvering up and down the spine. This music is addictive.
The grooves are hypnotic and intense. I found myself dancing all over the place for that is how powerful the african beat is that drives this music. One can hear the intense connection of the african artists and how they talk in that language of their deeply rich drumming history of story telling.
I love the use of gallic words. Hearing their native tongue evokes a sense of the joy and longing felt by the artists' toward their homeland and it's unique cultural echo weaves a certain magic and inspires their songs .
This is music that restores faith for those of us who are aching to hear the art of real live musicians who are not under the control of power drunk, greedy, corporate music tin heads in suits.
And it is a CD that one will play over and over and never get sick of for with each hearing the listener discovers fresh nuances in each track. It is a knock out album.
The Afro Celt Sound System isn't a band so much as a cooperative of musicians intrigued by an idea. United under the umbrella of Peter Gabriel's Real World label, nearly two dozen musicians added their personal touch to make the idea a reality.
The initial product of their joining is Volume 1: Sound Magic. It cannot be described as Celtic or African in nature; yet, both styles are evident in spades. Sound Magic is a true union of two completely dissimilar musical genres.
Check these guys out, it's worth it. I suggest Volume one first, to get a great intro to this truly different groove, and if you like what you hear, move on to the bigger (and harder) volume three. Hope you enjoy!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I have always liked Irish music, but after listening to the Celt Sound I now understand the basis for this music. Read morePublished 19 months ago by coconutcreamcare
i needed this for background music for my art room at school.. good sound, well recorded and though it says african and celtic rythyms it seems more like basic celtic variationsPublished on November 30, 2012 by Mrs Mack
Excellent CD. I had this CD before but got lost and I wanted it back as music is excellent. I did receive it very fast. Thank you.Published on December 1, 2010 by marta1234
This is simply my all time favorite cd... I love to paint to it. I like all kinds of music, usually different from this, but something about it really takes me away and makes me... Read morePublished on October 18, 2009 by Claire Vohman
I was afraid to order this CD--but I am so glad that I did. I study belly dancing and I am always looking for new music to dance to and boy--does this CD fit. Read morePublished on December 15, 2008 by LJ Minor