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Aktuala

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2.67 | 13 ratings | 3 reviews | 15% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 1976

Songs / Tracks Listing

Side one
1. Churinga
2. Ohnedaruth
3. Ugula baliuč african planet
4. Il ritmo del cammello
5. Hare
6. Mr Trilok
7. Chitarra e piffero

Side two
1. Echo raga
2. Mediterraneo
3. Flash
4. Waruna
5. Aksak
6. Nettuno dio del mare

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Line-up / Musicians

- Walter Maioli / arabic oboe, wooden flute, naj, bass flute, maranzano, bass harmonica, sil-sil, seeds, desert flute, sea triton, zampogna, reeds, whistles, bells
- Daniele Cavallanti / Soprano saxophone, dolak, derbuka
- Antonio Cerantola / acoustic guitar
- Kela Rangoni Macchiavelli / zanza, tamboura, maracas, seeds, rings
- Fabrizio Cassanoi / sitar
- Marjon Klok / harp, Tamboura, bells, sil-sil, cymbals
- Trilok Gurtu / tabla, snake drums, maroccan bongos, cymbals, xylophone, cow bells, sil-sil, wood block

Releases information

LP Bla Bla (BBXL 10009) 1976 / CD Artis (ARCD 044) 1994

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AKTUALA Tappeto Volante ratings distribution


2.67
(13 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(15%)
15%
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(23%)
23%
Good, but non-essential (23%)
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Review by andrea
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1 stars I do not like this album. Too much avant-garde for me! All the tracks are instrumental and sometimes you can find here some reminiscences of Oregon, but without the same genius and amazing technique. Some tracks are just noises with a title ("Churinga", "Nettuno Dio del Mare"). Other tracks are essentially based on the percussions of Trilok Gurtu without a great interaction of other instruments ("Il ritmo del cammello", "Hare", "Mr. Trilok"). There are also some more accessible tracks ("Ugula Ballué African Planet", "Ohnedaruth", "Mediterraneo" and "Waruna") but in the whole I find this album quite boring and very far from essential. Anyway, it could be of some interest for people interested in ethnic world music (especially Arabic and Indian).

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Send comments to andrea (BETA) | Report this review (#67182) | Review Permalink
Posted Saturday, January 28, 2006

Review by ClemofNazareth
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Prog Folk Researcher
3 stars Aktuala’s final release shows a band that seems to have run out of steam since their debut, or possibly they simply don’t have anything new to say.

This is pretty much an instrumental album, although there are some barely perceptible spoken-word passages and a bit of chanting. The wide array of African and Eastern instruments present on the first album are here again, and a few new ones to boot. But they mostly appear as showcased ‘solos’, not as integrated arrangements. In some places like “Hare” and “Mediterraneo” the players just seem to be noodling. At other times the sounds are more cohesive (“Echo Raga” in particular), but nearly all the songs appear to be unfinished thoughts that were never fleshed out.

And indeed except for “Ugula Baliuč African Planet” and “Waruna”, none of the thirteen tracks here even reaches four minutes. “Waruna” is quite beautiful however, and recalls the elaborated Eastern sounds of the flute as well as the African and Eastern drums of ”Sarah' Ngwega” from the band’s debut. “Ugula Baliuč African Planet” is more frenzied, almost martial at times, and the flute players actually try too hard and end up sounding rushed and almost impatient.

The rest of the tracks here are pretty conservative, good but not attention-grabbing like the band’s debut was. I still think this is a good record, mostly because the wide array of instruments and broad range of sounds make for an interesting and eclectic sampler of all sorts of world music sounds. But that’s what this really is – a sampler, not a truly cohesive body of carefully arranged compositions.

If you want to hear Aktuala in all their glory theit self-titled debut is the way to go. This one is decent but doesn’t reach the heights of that first record, and as such is worthy only of three stars (barely), and a mild recommendation.

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5 stars Aktuala was incredible italian world-music band, actually a commune of such music lovers. They used very different music instruments of different cultures. The music of Aktuala is one chance to raise a human being upwards realities. Aktuala was founded and lead by Walter Maioli who is nowadays ... (read more)

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