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Targ Bar­gou 08 Glit­ter­beat/Planet In­trigu­ing groove mu­sic con­tin­ues to grav­i­tate to Western ears from the North African high­lands, a half-cen­tury af­ter Rolling Stones’ vi­sion­ary Brian Jones turned pro­ducer-pro­moter to in­tro­duce the Master Mu­si­cians of Jou­jouka from Morocco’s Rif Moun­tains to the world. The lat­est ex­cit­ing em­a­na­tion from that re­gion hails from the re­mote Bar­gou val­ley in the bar­ren moun­tains of north­west Tu­nisia. In Targ, sound­scapes and rhythms from the Tu­nisian high­lands welded to driv­ing rock and elec­tronic tex­tures mes­merise as ef­fec­tively as Master Mu­si­cians. Bar­gou 08’s sound may be built on tra­di­tional songs col­lected and sung by a lo­cal folk­lore ar­chiv­ist and vo­cal­ist, but the mu­sic suits a 21st-cen­tury dance party.

Project leader Nid­hal Yahyaoui de­liv­ers with in­ten­sity and pas­sion above a clam­orous bed cre­ated by in­dige­nous per­cus­sion and Western kick-drum, the dron­ing bass of Moog syn­the­siser and tre­ble lines of na­tive North

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