‘Ribab Jam’
(from ‘Orchestra of Samples’)

With 11 musicians sampled for Ribab Jam, this track contains more instruments than any other in the whole of our Orchestra of Samples project.

Taking its name from the lead instrument, the ribab – a single string violin-style instrument from Morocco that we recorded with Ahmed Bijdiguen in the southern desert outside the small town of Tiznit, the track naturally took on a laid back ska-like vibe.

With the ribab at times sounding almost like a muted trumpet, it blended wonderfully with the calypso-influenced guitar of Luis Camacho recorded in Colombia’s Caribbean port city of Cartagena and the two sampled instruments happened to work perfectly with vocals improvised by Deetshida Murali recorded in Panjim, India, some years later. Further field-recordings we sampled include flute, drums, congas, west African kalimba and Dominican güira percussion scraper adding the swishy idiosyncratic vibes, before the whole track moves to a mellow atmospheric ending with the glass pyramids, piano and a celtic harp…

RIBAB – Ahmed Bijdiguen
GUITAR – Luis Camacho
GÜIRA – Daniel Correa
VOCALS – Deetshida Murali
FLUTE – Peter Bosher
PYRAMIDS – Dame Evelyn Glennie
KALIMBA – Dia Gomis
DRUMS – Lucas Fox
CONGAS – Paul Gunter
PIANO – Victoria Oruwari
CELTIC HARP – Marie Wambergue