Huong Thanh

Mangustao - CD

  • Format: CD
  • Cat No.: ACT 9423-2
  • Barcode: 6 14427 94232 6
  • German Release: 01/02/2004
  • Genre: World Music
CD € 17,50

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Those who have tasted it call it the  «Fruit of the Gods». Inside its rough, red and dark rind, the Mangosteen conceals a delicious and fresh pulp, like a perfumed flower, white & pure as the snow of sources. One should know how to open it with bare hands, in that asian way made of delicacy and firmness. Like Beauty, Mangosteen is a secret fruit.«Mangustao» is Huong Thanh’s third album, following «Moon & Wind»(1999, ACT 9269-2) and «Dragonfly»(2001, ACT 9293-2). It shows the evolution of  work that began with Nguyên Lê in 1995 with «Tales from Viêt-Nam» (ACT 9225-2). The leading thread in this work is still the mixing of Viêt-Nam’s musical tradition with today’s diversity of languages & techniques. And, eventually to transmit this love for Viêt-Nam to the whole world.Who else better than Huong Thanh, born in Saigo...

line up

Huong Thanh – vocals
Nguyên Lê - electric & acoustic guitars, synthesizers, sampler & computer
Duong Tam - dan tranh (16-strings zither), dan kim (lute), danbau (monocorde)
Hao Nhiên - sao (transverse) & tiêu (straight bamboo flutes), dan tam (3-strings fretless lute), dan tranh (16-strings zither), dan nguyêt (moon shaped lute), danbau (monocorde)
Karim Ziad - vocals, gumbri (north african bass lute), tablas, hand cymbals
Paul McCandless - oboe, english horn
Paolo Fresu – trumpet
Dhafer Youssef – oud
Dominique Borker -acoustic & electric piano
Illya Amar - vibraphone & marimba
Michel Benita - pizz & arco acoustic bass
Michel Alibo - fretless electric bass
Bijan Chemirani - zarb (iran hand drum), udu & gatam (earthenware), daf (frame drum), rek (oriental tambourine), cajon (spanish wood box)
Bago - west indies percussion (ti bwa, tambu ka, chacha)
François Verly - percussions (tibetan bowls, tuned bells, gongs, chimes)
The Barbès Deluxe Strings
The [[Barbès Faith Choir]]


Recording Information

Produced, Arranged, Engineered and Mixed by Nguyên Lê at Studio Louxor, Paris Barbès, from October 2002 to July 2003
Mastered by Klaus Scheuermann