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Abdelli “Among Brothers” [Real World]

Abderrahmane Abdelli is an Algerian musician (from the
“Kabyl” – an ancient Berber collective of musicians).
The “Kabyl” have historically been unflinching in their
assessment via song of the political powers that be, and
this does not sit well with the fundamentalist Islamic
leaders of Algeria. Thus Abdelli has worked in exile in
Belgium since the early 1990′s. This album was created
over three years, taking the basic songs of Abdelli’s
raspy yet sweet voice and his mandola (an instrument
like an oud). Then in the Real World manner, folding in
other spices, musicians, flavors and countries. Often
his mandola traces the vocals, as does flute at times
and some spiky fiddling as well. Spry slithering sounds
are slathered on the tracks, giving this the power of
gypsy music and the dramatic highlighting of Peter
Gabriel’s “Passion” soundtrack to “The Last Temptation
of Christ.” Pristine recording machinations do not
molest the stirring soul of these songs.

  • Reviewed by Thurston Hunger on January 9, 2005 at 2:48 am
  • Filed as Format,CD,International
  • 2 comments

  • 2 Comments

    el bimbo jet song

  • Comment by BF, April 12th, 2007 1:02 am
  • http://globalorgasm.org/

  • Comment by BF, April 12th, 2007 1:12 am

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