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Mustafa al Sunni: Songs of the Sudan

June 18, 2014

Mustafa al Sunni is a Sudanese folk musician. In 1999 was released Songs of the Sudan, his only album to date. Let’s go back in time and revisit this unique gem. One thing in life that I love, it’s chance encounters. Whether it’s with a person, a place or a piece of music. I haven’t… Read More ›

Terakaft rocks la fête de la music

Tuareg rockers Terakaft have been touring Europe for the past couple of months. They played in Paris at the much-hyped Fête de la Musique on 21 June. Imagine a story that began a few centuries ago. Imagine a time when Timbuktu was so busy that it would make New York City blush. Imagine an age… Read More ›

Dead Can Dance at Le Zenith

Hot like a sauna! That was surely the first thing that came to everyone’s mind at Le Zenith’s lobby in Paris. Dead Can Dance gave a second concert in the French capital in less than a year. DCD is a band that would require its own genre. They don’t really fit in any box. Over… Read More ›

Riff Cohen A Paris

So you’ve had enough from the all-you-can-hear music buffet. It’s gone way past indigestion. They sell it as the brand-new-must-listen-to, yet it all sounds like it’s been heard time and time again. As you’re trying to run away, Riff Cohen’s silhouette rises. You look up. She’s standing there on top of a mount of olives… Read More ›

Pédro Kouyaté, a cross cultural griot

I’ve recently had a chat with Pedro Kouyaté, a passionate and nonconformist Malian musician living in Paris. His third album, Live, has recently hit the shelves. Pedro Kouyaté is not a typical griot artist. In West Africa, griots are the guardians of oral tradition. They can be historians, storytellers or musicians. Pedro was born of… Read More ›

My top 3 albums of 2012

2012 has produced some great musical pieces. Here’s my favourite ones. 1. Aziza Brahim – Mabruk (Reaktion) A journey into the universe of the Sahwari struggle. Guitars, melancholia, frenzied beats meet to produce 2012’s unexpected gem. Click here for the full review. Listen to La Tierra Derrama Lágrimas: 2. The Touré-Raichel Collective – The Tel Aviv Session (Cumbancha)… Read More ›

Interview with Vieux Farka Touré & Idan Raichel

Vieux Farka Touré and Idan Raichel, the Touré-Raichel Collective, launched the 2012 edition of the Jazz N Klezmer festival. I spoke with these two wandering musicians after the show. Music has no frontiers. For millennia, musicians have traveled through mountains, deserts and oceans, bringing along their instruments, melodies and influences. They have met other musicians and… Read More ›

Terakaft: Kel Tamasheq

The Terakaft caravan is unstoppable. A year has passed since the release of Aratan N Azawad, and the Touareg band is back with a fourth album, Kel Tamasheq. Get ready for some rock n roll! Recently I’ve been rather slow at listening to new music, and even slower at writing about it. A perfect example,… Read More ›

Nabil and Dia

On the road with Nabil Baly Othmani

I recently followed Nabil Baly Othmani during their European tour. Relive a day on the road with this Touareg band from Djanet, South Algeria. Find out also about their latest album, Ayt Ma. Hop on! “Guys, we’ve got to go!” unconvincingly shouts Cath, the band’s manager, while glancing at me with a look that seems… Read More ›

Aziza Brahim: The voice of the Sahrawis

Sahrawi singer Aziza Brahim’s debut album Mabruk is out on Reaktion. It’s deep, sincere and militant. Old clichés describing the Sahara as a vast lifeless zone have long gone. The success of the likes of Tinariwen has proved that the region is busy cultural center. Sahrawi is the name of the population living in the… Read More ›