Kasbah Rockers (With Bill Laswell)


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Review Text Bassist and producer Bill Laswell has always been a globe-hopper with a particular affection for North Africa, and here he shows up as a featured guest on the latest project from Pat Jabbar, a Franco-Swiss-Russian musician from Hamburg by way of Basel. This generously packed album is almost completely excellent from beginning to end: it features an exciting blend of traditional North African instruments and singing; hip-hop and reggae beats; multilingual rapping (in French and Arabic); drum loops and samples; and Laswell's sweet, fat, singing basslines. Nowhere do these elements come together more effectively than on the utterly slamming "Al Rafel," which showcases the tag-team rapping of the Marrakesh duo HS (brothers Hamza and Anass) and is built on a brilliantly simple hip-hop beat and embroidered with trashy synthesizers and multi-layered percussion instruments. "Bledstyle" features one of the very few interesting and enjoyable bass solos ever committed to tape, "Shta" juxtaposes a slowly grinding beat with choral vocals and strings, and on "Kasbah Rockers" singer Kamal builds the energy to a fever pitch over a bed of mixed acoustic and electronic instruments and a madly propulsive dance rhythm. A couple of weak tracks (notably the rather tedious reggae excursion "Shems") notwithstanding, this is a fantastic album overall. ~ Rick Anderson

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CD: 1

  1. 1. Hikayati - 5:37
  2. 2. Bred Atay - 4:18
  3. 3. Falludjah Car - 5:35
  4. 4. Shta - 7:32
  5. 5. Al Rafel - 4:09
  6. 6. Bledstyle - 5:37
  7. 7. Mafi Tika - 4:03
  8. 8. Fikou - 5:43
  9. 9. Hellou Al Biban - 6:40
  10. 10. Hashouma - 5:48
  11. 11. Shems - 5:42
  12. 12. Rassoul Al Houda - 4:19
  13. 13. Jebel - 3:48
  14. 14. Kasbah Rockers [Vocal Mix] - 6:52
  15. 15. Ayna - 5:22
  16. 16. Kafaka Mina Raks [Vocal Mix] - 5:26

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