Global Collective

Red Sands Dreaming: Global Collective

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There's something very peculiar about a sacred tribal world music tradition recording that seemingly models itself after hip-hop and pop, but that's exactly what Red Sands Dreaming has done. Red Sands Dreaming's Global Collective is a collection of traditional Aboriginal songs dating back 40 thousand years or so that have been redone by three contemporary producers. The result is an interesting, but questionable. Some may come from a school of thought that says Aboriginal chants and things of that nature should never be put to the same hip-hop beat that Shaggy or Will Smith has used, but perhaps this is a way to get a greater pop and commercial appeal to a sacred tribal music; but at the same time, if you enjoy the sound contemporary smooth jazz with the sound of a strange and rhythmic vocal work over the top then this might be perfect. An example might be this: try imagining the music of Michael Bolton crossed with the vocal works of Palestrina; while the music would be different, to say the least, the result would be the same, a seemingly hybrid fusion that falls short. On the other hand, repeated listens to this recording show that it does have some potential, but verily it was a much better idea in theory than in practice. If you enjoy musical hybrids, such as world music fused with more Western traditions, then this a disc that you might really enjoy. The recording quality is good, the production is good, and, overall, the work isn't that bad.

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