Moodafaruka

Moodafaruka

 Houston, Texas, USA
BandWorldAcoustic

Music that takes you to the four corners of the globe and some places not of this world. It sounds both familiar and new as it draws on musical motifs from around the world and turns them into something new. Our long word for it is Neuvoflamencoworldfusionglobalgroovengypsysurfmusic.

Biography

Welcome to the World of Moodafaruka!

Moodafaruka - Mood of The Dance A “faruka” (farruca) is a flamenco style of dance. We’ve combined it with the word mood, to create a new word that means mood of the dance. (We hope one day Webster’s will agree with us).
Moodafaruka was founded in 1999 by Rom Ryan. Since it’s inception it has been a musical playground for experimentation and invention. Through the blending of music inspired by different cultures into unique compositions, we try to create music that is both familiar and new.
We often are asked “What do you call this music”? A question that even for us is difficult to answer.
We now offer the following response to such a query:
Nuevoflamencoworldfusionglobalgroovengypsysurfmusic, but for expediency we often refer to it simply as “World Fusion”.

In 1999 Moodafaruka recorded their first CD - “La Luna Lounge.”
Rom Ryan and Percussionist Terrence Karn were the only members of Moodafaruka at that time. Terrence has since moved on to teach and perform throughout the United States.
The CD received rave reviews and excellent radio play around the globe and has sold thousands of copies!

Since then driven by Rom Ryan’s composition, and the talents of some of Houston’s finest musicians we have released 2 more cds. “Zazu” in 2002 and in 2004 “Blame it on the Moon”.
We currently have a compilation released on MegaWave Records entitled “Essential Moodafaruka” as of June 6th, 2008 it was number 2 on the Jazz/World Music Charts receiving airplay throughout the country.
We are also releasde Who R U in the fall of 2008.

Moodafaruka is a collective of musicians, but has at its core the talents of world renowned teaching violinist Mary Ann Willis she now has 6 books published on gypsy/ world violin.
Virtuoso Bassist and vocalist Arlandus Chimney plays as beautifully as he sings.
Percussionist Adam Carman adds the perfect touch on both congas and dombek.
Vocalist/ Flutist / Dancer Alesha Herrera leaves us asking what she can’t do. She sings in English, Spanish, and Arabic and brings a wonderful energy to any place she performs.
You may also see with us on occasion, Ilya Janos on drums, Erin Foster on Kanoon and Dombek, Dexter Ragananan on Tabla, Richard Saldivar on keyboards / Trumpet, all excellent musicians, and we include them whenever we can.

At the heart of Moodafaruka is it’s founder Rom Ryan as composer, promoter, producer, engineer, booking agent, and head roady, he has kept Moodafaruka moving forward, and turned a dream into a tangible living musical enterprise.

Best Original Music Group *
Choice Awards Houston Chronicle 2005

Finalist *
National Independent Music Awards 2004

Best band *
H Texas magazine 2003

Lyrics

Letting go of Everafter

Written By: Rom Ryan

There's so much beyond me, like the stars that shine above and every life's a blooming flower reaching for the sun.
Forgiveness is where you find it, and it can be a gentle rain
loves a crooked highway, a fire that burns without a flame.
Chorus: when I think I have the answer the question seems to change, letting go of everything I give it all away...
Sometimes I feel so all alone it just starts making sense, and everything we think we own is borrowed in the end. Children walk on water don't know they're suppose to drown. Letting go of ever after accepting life just as it's found.
Chorus.....
Every doubt a chain of fear, I don't want to live that way.
Now my vision seems so clear, let the music play

Dance Negin Dance

Written By: Rom Ryan

On a Spanish caravan lives a brown eyed girl, she's as pretty as the whole wide world. Wild things claim her as one of their own.
The desert king says she's mine alone.
She dance's like a river flowing through time, out of the darkness into my mind, she dance's in the pale moon light, making circles with her hands, saying words only she understands.
She can dance she can dance she can boom boom,
she can dance she can dance she can boom boom,
Dance Negin dance I'll give you everything Dance Negin dance, I'll give you everything Dance Negin dance, I'll give you everything I own.....
Out of darkness she gives light, her eyes are like a desert night,
she is the dancing of the stars around the world. The desert king he cries out loud if I can't have her no one will, but she is more than any man could ever hope to cage

Dance Negin Dance

Written By: Rom Ryan

On a Spanish caravan lives a brown eyed girl, she's as pretty as the whole wide world. Wild things claim her as one of their own.
The desert king says she's mine alone.
She dance's like a river flowing through time, out of the darkness into my mind, she dance's in the pale moon light, making circles with her hands, saying words only she understands.
She can dance she can dance she can boom boom,
she can dance she can dance she can boom boom,
Dance Negin dance I'll give you everything Dance Negin dance, I'll give you everything Dance Negin dance, I'll give you everything I own.....
Out of darkness she gives light, her eyes are like a desert night,
she is the dancing of the stars around the world. The desert king he cries out loud if I can't have her no one will, but she is more than any man could ever hope to cage

Discography

La Luna Lounge
Zazu
Blame it on the Moon
Who R U
Odds and Ends

Set List

MOODAFARUKA NEW WORLD SET LIST - Original

1 ALUMBRAR
2 HISPANIOLA MOSS
3 CIRCLE ROUND THE SUN
4 VUELO MUNDO
5 LESS IS MOORISH
6 PLEASURE WITHOUT PAIN
7 CHARUENGE
8 ORPHEUS RISING
9 SPANISH CARAVAN
10 MAN WITHOUT HAT
11 CON VIVA
12 TANGO DEL SUENOS
13 DRINK WITH UMBRELLA
14 ELLA DA LA LUZ
15 FIESTA DEL VIENTO
16 AKURAFADOOM
17 SOL SISTER
18 ZAZU
19 HEY
20 LUNA AMOR
21 MR JELLY PANTS
22 PRETTY WILD PLANET
23 FLAMES OVER THE PALACE
24 DANCE NEGIN DANCE
25 BLUE SAFFIRE
26 JOYRIDE
27 SPINNING GLASS
28 SHADOW AND LIGHT
29 ANGELAS MAMBO
30 TIRANDO EL TORO
31 STRANGE PARIDISE
32 SPANISH NIGHTS
33 LA GUITARRA DE LA NOCHE
34 DESEO Y VUELO
35 THE VANISHING HOOKA
36 BENEATH STILL