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Common Tongue

COMMON TONGUE, the six-piece, eclectic, world beat band, blends together Eastern European, African and Middle Eastern rhythms, while also incorporating jazz, rock, and funk to create their own electrifying, mystical sound. COMMON TONGUE features soulful vocals, Russian balalaika, African kalimba, Middle Eastern and Brazilian percussion, electric and classical guitars, drums, bass, and keyboards. The players come from REBBESOUL, THE JERRY GARCIA BAND, SPEARHEAD, ROYAL CROWN REVUE, and STRUNZ AND FARAH as well as from countries as diverse as Brazil, Tanzania, and the USA. STEP INTO MY WORLD is their debut album produced by REBBESOUL.

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Common Tongue is one of the most eclectic, visual landscape invoking, and imaginative groups that I've heard to date… The vocals are amazing and the multiethnic blends of music create a completely new aura for your music experience. You wouldn't expect all of these styles to fit together so eloquently. The music is funky, intelligent, and very unique. Their "Planet-Hop" style has a great appeal for music fans from many different genres… Simply put, it's a great experience - Michael Allison - THEGLOBALMUSE.COM

Multi-ethnic and cross cultural, … another example of the emerging Planet Hop genre. Led by Bruce Burger, who also is the founder of cutting edge Jewish band RebbeSoul, … The first live performance I have been to recently to give me chills. – Timothy McCrary – The Connection Magazine

This CD charmed my headphones off me. My long-forgotten rock 'n' roll soul was stirred by the wailing guitar of "White Rabbit." World music with a counter-culture twist. – Sprout, Radio-V

Truly a fusion of styles, the music blends elements of middle eastern sound, Russian balalaika playing and of course a hint of klezmer dance action into a modern pop sensibility. One of the biggest surprises on the album is the cover version of the all time best ever Jefferson Airplane track 'White Rabbit'. Underpinning the moody build up of the song is some delightful Arabic style percussion and sensitive acoustic guitar… Bright, clear and progressive in the true sense of forward reaching, I feel that this disc is a success and hope to hear more from the band. – CB, Acid Attack Music