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