Thursday, 9 February 2017

Fatou Seidi Ghali & Alamnou Akrouni - Les Filles de Illighadad, album review

Naturally Ambient

Regular guitar tuning while crickets set their own pitch, these alfresco recordings [an open air studio in the Niger desert] have at their core this naturalness. There are performer asides too, to one another, with the occasional giggle and the obvious assent. The ishumar guitar playing by Fatou Seidi Ghali is the core and focus, with the vocal of Alamnou Akrouni a rather gentle, almost naïve accompaniment, but this is also a part of the whole naturalness, unadorned and peaceful. That is until the villagers join in halfway through the album, a happy and noisy collective of handclapping, whoops and hollers and a choir of joyous engagement.

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