Titi Robin: Kali Sultana (Filter/Shock)

 |   |  <1 min read

Titi Robin: Un rubis du Yemen
Titi Robin: Kali Sultana (Filter/Shock)

Surprisingly, this French multi-instrumentalist (oud, guitar, anything with strings) hasn't previously appeared at Elsewhere, largely because his albums are in woefully short supply in New Zealand.

Pity, he's huge in Europe for his inclusive approach which means he brings together North African styles with gypsy music, flamenco with Middle Eastern, Breton folk with  . . .

You get the picture. 

He's an interesting character and if he seems somewhat taciturn in interviews it's that he is as weary as any by labels such as "fusion" or "world music" and simply wants to get on with making musique sans frontieres -- which seems a perfectly acceptable position to adopt.

His albums have a muscular and sometimes visceral quality, but this time out he has a larger concept: this double album opens with an Overture, closes with an Epilogue and between times has seven major movements with an interlude piece.

It is typically inclusive: instruments played by Robin and the supporting cast include oud, violincello, bazouki, clarinet, saxophone, accordion, guitars . . .

Global in its thinking, this is a journey through moods, styles and cultures which is evocative, exciting and heartfelt -- and confirms why Titi Robin has been picking up so many accolades in the "world music" community for the past few decades, even before there was "world music".

A big and broad one. 

Share It

Your Comments

post a comment

More from this section   World Music articles index

Asa: Asa (Naive)

Asa: Asa (Naive)

Channeling equal parts Bob Marley, Joan Armatrading, Tracey Chapman and Minnie Riperton would seem quite some feat, but this Paris-born singer-songwriter of Nigerian descent makes it seem... > Read more

Te Vaka: Olatia (Warm Earth/Ode)

Te Vaka: Olatia (Warm Earth/Ode)

This formerly Auckland-based and socially-conscious group have now relocated to Australia, but Te Vaka rarely played in New Zealand anyway. Theirs was always a bigger calling and they spend much... > Read more

Elsewhere at Elsewhere

Maharashtra state, India: Riding the rail

Maharashtra state, India: Riding the rail

In the historic, temple-filled and rather wealthy Indian city of Kolhapur a couple of hours north of Goa there's a glimpse of a past which is appealingly distant but also curiously contemporary.... > Read more

THE BARGAIN BUY: Whiplash (Blu-Ray)

THE BARGAIN BUY: Whiplash (Blu-Ray)

When this gripping drama about an aspiring young jazz drummer and his emotionally abusive tutor was released in cinemas last year Elsewhere warned that "jazz people" -- protective of... > Read more