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2002 Stories by Bob Tarte

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  • Beating the Bombast Bug

    published December 12, 2002

    Malian vocalist and composer Salif Keita was an early victim of the dreaded West African Bombast Virus. This insidious disease can have... More >>

  • Cuban Cowboys, African Salsa

    published November 14, 2002

    Surprise is the one reaction you don't anticipate from an Eliades Ochoa album. Admiration, yes. But you don't expect the unexpected. If anything... More >>

  • The Buena Vista Pirates Club

    published October 3, 2002

    The gliding ease of Specialist in All Styles doesn't even hint at the long and tortuous road that led to its arrival. Orchestra Baobab no... More >>

  • Music from the Morning of World Music

    published September 5, 2002

    Thanks to the latest life-extension medical advances, some of us who bought LPs way back in the 1970s are still alive today to wax nostalgic about... More >>

  • Raga for Angry Hornets

    published July 25, 2002

    You would be excused for suspecting there's a secret subtext to A Man About a Horse (ECM). Minnesotan guitarist Steve Tibbetts admits that... More >>

  • Totó la Momposina

    published July 18, 2002

    Totó la Momposina is a one-woman walking encyclopedia of Colombian musical folklore. She's also something of a perfectionist. A band with... More >>

  • The Silk Road Less Traveled

    published June 27, 2002

    Few folks are liable to turn handsprings at the thought of a double-CD of traditional music from East and Central Asia. It suggests a listening... More >>

  • Heavy Heavy Heavy

    published May 30, 2002

    It sure feels like genuine 1970s nostalgia as Geraldo Pino testifies, "Get down you people. We've got a brand-new gal in town." The organ burbles... More >>

  • Värttinä, Wimme

    published May 2, 2002

    The strongest, strangest folk-based music out of Western Europe sounds closer to medieval Bulgarian grain-threshing songs than anything from... More >>

  • Ferocious Rhythm

    published May 2, 2002

    Dang-dut! The sound of the tabla is unmistakable. Sharp, hollow, and surprisingly melodic for a drum, it can percolate in the background... More >>

  • Lee Scratch Perry, Various Artists

    published April 4, 2002

    Ho-hum. Classic reggae and Indian film music. Tell us something new. Decades after their big breakthroughs in the late 1960s, reggae and filmi... More >>

  • Various Artists

    published March 14, 2002

    If the folkie soundtrack to the Coen brothers' romp O Brother, Where Art Thou? has given you a hankering for American roots music, Rounder... More >>

  • Fermin Muguruza

    published March 14, 2002

    I can't remember the last time I've had a love-hate relationship as intense as the one I've been enjoying-despising with Fermin Muguruza's... More >>

  • Various Artists

    published February 14, 2002

    If you're not a Spanish speaker, "Contrabando y Traición" by Los Tigres del Norte on the Mexican-music anthology Corridos y... More >>

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