Wednesday, September 28, 2011

CD Review: Parne Gadje 'Kefi Kefi'

Parne Gadje
Kefi Kefi
Smoked Recordings

The whirling, folk melodies of the Netherlands-based Parne Gadje captures the essence of Balkan, Gypsy, hora, klezmer, and Mediterranean musical roots. Thirteen tracks of vocal and instrumental gold showcases the wide-ranging abilities of the musicians. The emotional tone, vocal calisthenics, and magical playing abilities are characteristic qualities of Parne Gadje's repertoire. A mix of traditional and original tunes provide a nice palette of musical color. Fans of gypsy, Balkan, klezmer, Mediterranean, North African, European, and instrumental music will appreciate Parne Gadje's unique blend of music the most. Recommended tracks: "Afghan," "Sa tele zhav," "Merzifon," and "Mercedes." ~ Matthew Forss

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