Ahmed Fakroun

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1LP - PMG
2016

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    TRACKLIST 

    A1 Awedny

    A2 Njoom Al Leyel

    A3 Nisyan

    A4 La Ya-Hob

    A5 Yumma

    A6 Shams

    B1 Ya Blady

    B2 Sinini

    B3 Summar Al Layali

    B4 Falah

    B5 Al Hob

    B6 Ya Hussad


    DESCRIPTION

    Insanely popular across the Maghreb, name-checked in international spy novels and beloved of music adventurers like David Byrne, Libyan superstar Ahmed Fakroun is the most astounding raï-disco-electronica pioneer you never heard of. His 1983 album, Mots D'Amour, recently reissued by PMG, is regarded as a global fusion classic. This self-titled anthology of songs from the late 70’s is an altogether mellower affair. The grooves are slower and sweeter, and Fakroun’s multi-instrumentalist chops on the saz, mandol and darbouka drum really come to the fore. The album includes tracks from two of Ahmed’s rarest and most sought-after 7”s. ‘Nysan’ has an almost West Coast vibe: think Ned Doheny via Benghazi. Balearic-minded collectors will love the haunting flute runs in ‘Awedny’, produced by Tommy Vance, and ‘Njoom Al Leyel’. There’s even a touch of lilting reggae on ‘Falah’ and ‘Yu Hussad.’ Ahmend Fakroun is the perfect late night, come-down album. Especially after a hot and sweaty evening in a raï club, somewhere in North Africa. - Peter Moore