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Aratan N Azawad

by Terakaft

Aratan N Azawad by Terakaft

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Aratan N Azawad

by Terakaft

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Label: World Village
In the increasingly crowded desert blues market, this Malian outfit sets itself apart with a sound that embraces some of the blues' country leanings -- and a decidedly less mournful aesthetic than a lot of their peers. With its galloping woodblocks and the bow-legged swagger of its guitars, "Idiya Idohena" evokes cowboy balladry (with choral Touareg vocals over top), while "Akoz Imgharen" floods its grave call-and-response with sunny Afro-pop. Even more somber cuts often wind up upbeat: "Wer Essinen" begins with meditative vocals, but gradually layers in buoyant handclaps and raucous guitars.

About This Album

In the increasingly crowded desert blues market, this Malian outfit sets itself apart with a sound that embraces some of the blues' country leanings -- and a decidedly less mournful aesthetic than a lot of their peers. With its galloping woodblocks and the bow-legged swagger of its guitars, "Idiya Idohena" evokes cowboy balladry (with choral Touareg vocals over top), while "Akoz Imgharen" floods its grave call-and-response with sunny Afro-pop. Even more somber cuts often wind up upbeat: "Wer Essinen" begins with meditative vocals, but gradually layers in buoyant handclaps and raucous guitars.

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About This Album

In the increasingly crowded desert blues market, this Malian outfit sets itself apart with a sound that embraces some of the blues' country leanings -- and a decidedly less mournful aesthetic than a lot of their peers. With its galloping woodblocks and the bow-legged swagger of its guitars, "Idiya Idohena" evokes cowboy balladry (with choral Touareg vocals over top), while "Akoz Imgharen" floods its grave call-and-response with sunny Afro-pop. Even more somber cuts often wind up upbeat: "Wer Essinen" begins with meditative vocals, but gradually layers in buoyant handclaps and raucous guitars.