Melech Mechaya / Melech Mechaya
Album: Melech Mechaya   Collection:World
Artist:Melech Mechaya   Added:Mar 2013

A-File Activity
Add Date: 2016-01-20 Pull Date: 2016-03-20 Charts: Reggae/World
Week Ending: Mar 13 Mar 6 Feb 14 Feb 7 Jan 24
Airplays: 1 1 1 2 2

Recent Airplay
1. Jun 21, 2018: Melange
Chinelo Aquático
4. Dec 29, 2016: Melange
Chinelo Aquático
2. Jul 13, 2017: Melange
Chinelo Aquático
5. Oct 06, 2016: Melange
Chinelo Aquático
3. Mar 23, 2017: Melange
Chinelo Aquático
6. Jun 30, 2016: Melange
Chinelo Aquático, Gare No Oriente

Album Review
Margy Kahn
Reviewed 2016-01-14
“Melech Mechaya” means “party kings” in Hebrew; band founded in 2006 in Lisbon; mix of traditional tunes with their own compositions; great arrangements and musicianship. Wonderful textures and timbres from acoustic instruments and voices. Think Portuguese Jewish Gypsy Kings. Play any track. They're all amazing. Best CD I've reviewed since coming to KZSU!

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*1 -(3:32) – starts with violin over acoustic bass, some vocalization, lively beat; smooth clarinet comes in, finger snapping

*2-(3:39) – lively, nice texture, plucked strings with smoothness of horns, harmony; slows down to interesting, sweet violin and cymbal combo, and then speeds up again

*3-(2:23) – begins with violin dialogue with percussion; turns lively

*4-(2:28) – nice clarinet work, shouting at end (Mazel Tov!)

**5-(2:59) – builds on corrido form; percussive playing; trills, very happy-sounding

**6-(4:35) -starts with flamenco type chords and fado style singing followed by clarinet and guitar

*7-(2:52) –starts with somber chords; then speeds up; weaving of melodies and percussions

*8-(3:20)- a little more experimental sounding as befits name “Caleidoscopia”

*9-(3:31) – fast, straight ahead with a bit of klezmer horn, slows for sweet violin and then speeds up again and then slows, and so on and so forth; some yelling near end; this music does not bore!

*10 -(2:34) – starts super fast; on a tear with running bass, slows with violin melody, Portuguese lyrics come in

***11-(4:27) – starts with jews harp (!); very cool sounds feel as if they are coming from everywhere like frogs on a dark night; back and forth major to minor modulation and back

*12-(3:24) – starts with fantastic clarinet solo with trills; notes bend with barely audible drone in background; rest of band kicks in;

*13-(2:33) – more traditional sounding tune with strong dance beat; pretty!

*14-(3:27) – bass horn starts; other instruments kick in – Arab Dance

Track Listing
1. Dança Do Desprazer   8. Caleidoscópio
2. Freylach De Varsóvia   9. Aqui Em Baixo Tudo É Simples
3. Los Bentos   10. Chapéu Preto
4. Mazel Tov   11. Chinelo Aquático
5. Pano Corrido   12. Doina
6. Gare No Oriente   13. Sirba + Di Grine Kuzine
7. Jahfotes   14. Dança Árabe