More acoustic styled music comes from Osvaldo Hernandéz-Napoles on his album Tierra. This percussionist and multi instrumentalist recorded with many international artists including the known group Ialma and the world wide known band Vaya con dios. On this solo album he plays with guitarist, ud player and singer Karim Baggili, who also wrote the music and arrangements for the album, Patricia Hernandéz-van Cauwenberge on percussion and Vardan Hovanissian on Chvi and doudouk. This album turns out to be a pleasant surprise. Sparkling, well arranged acoustic world music with a Mediterranean sound. Strong instrumental parts, beautiful melodies and musicians who play at a high level. The Southern-European styles blend perfectly with the Balkan influenced sounds and the South-African rhythms that sometimes pop-up. It’s a sunny album that brings me in a good mood, will be one of my favorite summer albums of 2011 I guess.
© Eelco Schilder