Rim Banna / The Mirrors of My Soul - CD
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Rim Banna
The Mirrors of My Soul US edition (KKV / Valley Entertainment)

The Palestinian singer who gained global recognition as part of the Lullabies from the Axis of Evil project returns with a Norwegian band with a decidely 'pop' recording of Palestinian songs.

The ensemble accompanying her is Gjermund Silset (bass), David Wallumrød (piano and keyboards), Rune Arnesen (drums) and Eivind Aarset (guitar). The music they lay down seeks out the ryhtyms and melodies of Arabic music, sometimes getting deep into it, other times getting way outside. Some tracks wil sound like a classic ECM sound, others go for straight ahead rock, and at times it has the feel of a Bill Frissell project. It veers from emotionally charged, sparsely arranged inventions to full-tilt pop-rock, and has the huge advantage of not allowing a drum machine within 4000 miles of the studio. It is NOT for folk-music-only purists, but as Arab pop goes, this is unique and miles ahead of the current crop of Paris studio stuff. Not every song is a stunner, but there are enough bright moments to make it work.

Listen:
ya yammal
mirrors of my soul
sareh
carmel of my soul

Other recordings of interest:
Jubran and Hasler - Wameedd
Skruk and Rim Banna - Krybberom
Sabreen Ensemble

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