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Group Doueh – “Zayna Jumma” – [Sublime Frequencies]

Thurston Hunger   4/26/2011   CD, International

Behold Sublime Frequencies, the great uniter…not only in terms of
musicians from lands far and further, and times long ago in the present,
but of simple KFJC djs. And is Group Doueh not the flagship focus for
the Freq. flag? This the Group’s fourth release, continues to offer strange
furious guitar for the psych fiends; ebullient rhythms that can ride
right over reggae’s dancehall and the techno racetracks; amd a drought
resistant ecstacy that even lightens the heart of the most melancholic
minor-key addict. The percussion just clips along (and claps too).
Secret sauce may be the keyboards of El Waar Bamaar (not overlooking
the Tea Glass work of Tricha! Of course, Doueh aka Salmou Bamaar’s guitar
is the blaze that warmed KFJC’s interest, and it still burns, the last
track a devoted flourish for the diehard Doueh dealers. And throughout
the release, his guitar does that crazy scorched sustain. But this album
seems to really punch up the vocals, even on the more subtle “Met-Ha”
which feels like an excerpt from a prayer. On the other tracks, I feel
like the vocals want to challenge the frenzy of the guitar. Love the
tilting choruses of “Aziza.” So when will Group Doueh play the Super
Bowl halftime show? And can the unifying power of the Sublime, help
Connect more to the source, the Brothers Bishop+??

Thurston Hunger

Update: These mighty nomads will wander to Sand Francisco on 7/1/11

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