Tribal House Style Overview
Tribal House Music Description
Traditional house music combined with world music, tribal house is characterised by heavy use of percussion (typically conga drums or their synthesized derivative) over a house tempo (120/125 BPM).
Tribal house roots are primarily in Florida, where the Caribbean percussive sound hugely influenced the post-electro scene; Rey Rodriguez, Tony Carrasco, MURK and George Acosta were the forerunners there and contributed to establishing Miami as a major clubbing town. Tribal house gained popularity from the early 90s into the early 00s, especially in New York, due to producers like Kenny "Dope" Gonzalez, Eric Kupper (alias K-Scope), Danny Tenaglia, Hex Hector and Mac Quayle (alias HQ2), Barry Harris and Chris Cox (alias Thunderpuss), Peter Rauhofer (alias Club 69), Little Louie Vega, Ralphi Rosario and Abel Aguilera (alias Rosabel), Victor Calderone, Tony Moran, Junior Vasquez and DJ Escape, amongst others.
Along with the sound becoming more progressive over time, tribal house gained popularity in Israel, becoming the signature style for a number of internationally renowned DJs/producers such as Offer Nissim, Yinon Yahel and Guy Scheiman. Amongst others, the Brazilian scene features Mauro Mozart, Edson Pride and Tommy Love. Tribal house is prominent at circuit parties around the world.
There is also a Benelux school, which is a legacy of carnival tradition similar as in Central & South America; the labels Wonka Beats, Touché, Outland and Global Cuts are representatives of it. The London UK school takes more influences from Jamaican sounds like raggamuffin and integrated them in progressive house with leftfield; examples being Fabio Paras and KLF.