Album Review

Eide, Khalifa Ould & Abba, Dimi Mint – “Moorish Music From Mauritania” – [World Circuit]

Hemroid The Leader   4/12/2017   CD, International


Dimi Mint Abba was born in 1958 to a low-caste Mauritanian family specializing in the griot tradition. She is accompanied here by her husband Khalifa Ould Eide and her two daughters. Moorish music is highly structured improvised music, with intricate vocal and rhythmic interplay. Handclaps, rattle, hand drums, hammer-ons. She died in June, 2011 in Casablanca, Morocco. Her fans included Youssou N’Dour and Ali Farka Toure.

Tracks 1-6 feature tidinit/lute, 7-11 feature electric guitar. Fans of Gnawa and Saharan blues music will find much to enjoy.

She began her career in 1976 when she won the Umm Kulthum Contest in Tunis. Her winning song “Sawt Elfan” (“Art’s Plume” – Track 7) has the refrain “Art’s Plume is a balsam, a weapon and a guide enlightening the spirit of men”, which can be interpreted to mean that artists play a more important role than warriors in society.

you heard it 33 times on kfjc! most recently:
  • 207 days ago, Ann Arbor played Waidalal Waidalal
  • 207 days ago, Ann Arbor played Art's Plume (Sawt Elfan)
  • 332 days ago, Merk played My Young People Do The Youth of Nations Invite (Ashabab Yidi
  • 961 days ago, Naysayer played Art's Plume (Sawt Elfan)
  • 1298 days ago, Sally Goodin played Mauritania My Beloved Country (Nikhtar an Kulelawtan Awtani
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