Tarifa is the southernmost point on the Iberian peninsula, making it the key point between Europe and Africa.
Tarifa is the southernmost point on the Iberian peninsula, making it the key point between Europe and Africa. The band name Radio Tarifa is a recognition of this proximity and the musical influences that have flowed back and forth between North Africa and Spain for a thousand years. The sound of the Tarifa trio—Vincent Molino, Benjamin Escorizá, and Fain S. Dueñas—feeds off Moorish, Jewish, African, and flamenco traditions, with the instrumentation encompassing everything from bagpipes and electric guitars to the African balafon, Moroccan banjo, lute, and darbuka. From this blur of influences and medieval-to-modern instruments comes truly exhilarating music. The dynamic polyrhythms of "Patas Negras" (including the dancing feet of Joaquin Ruíz), the Gypsy spontaneity of the title track (a tango from Málaga, Spain), and the irresistible vitality of the flamenco Columbiana number "Osú" spark the imagination and mirror the Mediterranean exoticism that's the ruling vibe of this extraordinary album.—PVV