Voice of Your Heart" Reviews
There is a lot of drivel
marketed under the 'world music' banner, but every once in a while
a CD comes along which really does blend global cultures in an
exciting original way. Hottentot Party, from Byron Bay in northern
NSW, mix up Brazilian, Township and Salsa grooves in an eminently
danceable fashion, and obviously have a huge amount of fun in
the process. There are shades of the late-lamented Three Mustaphas
Three, which is praise indeed. Amongst the polyrhythmic exuberance
there is some real sensitivity as well, and lots of great playing
and singing. I don't often play ten minute tracks on my show,
but I couldn't go past the title track.
and my pick of the Australian releases that came my way in 1997.
Barnes Ð Folk West, 1998
'The Voice of your
Heart' was recorded in 1997-98 and is probably a bit more focused
than 'A Small World' in that The Hottentots seem to refer just
a smidgen more to their base Aussie sound. That's not to say that
Voice doesn't fairly brim with all sorts of influences as the
hypnotic beats of Zimbabwe Zimbabwe, the Brazilian colours of
Trem Mineiro or any number of tropical beats and sounds might
indicate. Special mention should also go to the evocative violin
playing of Julie Metcalfe that helps unify the disparate elements,
the cast of fine backing musicians and here as on all the Hottentots
releases Parissa's superb vocals that seem capable of finding
an emotional context for every genre.
Also every song on
this work is an original composition. For instance, My Spirit,
a deeply contemplative Gaelic-like chant with didgeridoo accompaniment
works perfectly without nary a hint of the dreaded new age. Waiting
in the sand is another fine composition, sort of acoustic latino
cum gaelic pop with a mariachi brass sound. Even so I was tending
towards 'A Small World', before the final number 'The Voice of
your Heart', an extended summation of pure hottentottalia. This
rollicking masterpiece almost tilted the scales the other way.
When the duo sings "You have to find your own voice" you know
that they have touched on a theme of crucial importance in this
era of mindless conformity.
Jasiutowics Ð Diaspora world Beat Magazine, Spring 2002