Amine & Hamza / Fertile Paradoxes
Album: Fertile Paradoxes   Collection:World
Artist:Amine & Hamza   Added:May 2017
Label:Arc Music Group  

A-File Activity
Add Date: 2017-05-18 Pull Date: 2017-07-20 Charts: Reggae/World
Week Ending: Jul 16 Jul 9 Jul 2 Jun 25 Jun 18 May 28 May 21
Airplays: 3 3 3 2 1 2 1

Recent Airplay
1. Mar 18, 2023: Music Casserole
Cafe Tunis
4. Jul 13, 2017: Melange
Love Is An Eternal Journey
2. Mar 14, 2022: At the Cafe Bohemian (rebroadcast from Jun 14, 2017)
The Quest
5. Jul 12, 2017: At the Cafe Bohemian
Lullaby For Leo
3. Jul 15, 2017: Old Fart at Play
Cafe Tunis
6. Jul 08, 2017: Old Fart at Play
Brahim's Dream

Album Review
Reviewed 2017-05-16
Tunisian brothers Amine and Hamza M’raihi are masters of the oud and kanun (kind of like a Middle Eastern zither), both are major instruments in Arabic classical music. This is an exploration of global harmony through the addition of everything from a south Indian frame drum to a full chamber orchestra. An interesting and unpredictable mix that has elements of jazz, flamenco, Arabic music, and Indian ragas. Some tracks include vocals. Wonderful guest stars make up
“The Band Beyond Borders.” Tracks feature many variations of mood and tempo, starting off one way & then wandering in another. Tight arrangements, top-notch playing, great interplays. It’s all good, just pick one. You won’t be able to predict where it will go.

1. Slow and lyrical then picks up at about 2:00 w/Indian vocals. Great drumming and strings. A really lovely journey.
2. Trilling strings, Celtic-esque w/ tabla. Great interplay of instrument
3. Dreamy then an uptempo jazz-infused jam. Seriously good playing.
4. Delicate chamber strings ‘til about 3:00 then a playful & bright mix.
5.Relaxed layers of strings. Gets fast & lively with an almost bluegrass feel. So good!
6. Sweet & swaying low-key, klezmer-ish then full into a busy Arabic jam w/great playing from all. Then relaxed again, then…
7. Slow cello opens, mostly midtempo w/ a cinematic feeling. Sharp blend of strings, some flaminco palmas. Nice arrangement.
8. Midtempo Arabic-jazz sound, then the tabla perks things up and it gets moving.

Track Listing
1. Spleen   5. The Quest
2. Love Is An Eternal Journey   6. Cafe Tunis
3. Brahim's Dream   7. Letter To God
4. Lullaby For Leo   8. Frozen Rivers