The title Sabir wasn’t a random choice for the band’s debut CD in 2006, it is a metaphor of their music. Sabir or “lingua franca” was the common language used in the medieval ages for communication trough the shores of the Mediterranean Sea. Mainly used by sailors, merchants and travellers this effective means for communication contained elements from Persian, Greek, Italian, French, Spanish, Catalan and Arabic. Music of Chalga clears up the Babel of world-music as sabir did amongst the medieval languages: it reuses only those elements which are inevitable for accurate communication, presenting only those musical forms which is found to be significant. It is not dance music (even if “chalga” means Bulgarian folk-inspired urban wedding music), and it could hardly be dance music for western audience, since it uses odd rhythms.
In spite of being quite dashing and swinging, it is something you would listen to as well. It is an intellectual music, with fixed musical structures and some improvisation, emphasizing the playful side of music. Their instruments include Arabic and African percussions, guitar, fiddle, saxophone, bass, reusing popular and less known motifs from the Bulgarian, Macedonian, Kurdish, Cretan, Laz, Turkish, Tschango and Hungarian folk heritage. The band is made up of Hungarian professionals, who earned reputation in such well-known bands like Makám, Ghymes, Folkestra, Arasinda, Borago and Nox. http://www.chalga.hu Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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