One could be forgiven for being shocked that a westerner managed to do this. After all, its very rare for outsiders to grasp a foreign culture so deftly, but Justin Adams does just that. He shows a real understanding and sensitivity to the cultures of Africa, but at the same time he's not afraid to improvise and throw in other influences. The result is magnificent. Long a fixture on the so-called 'world music' scene, this is Justin Adams first solo release, and if its any indication of his talents and leanings, then I eagerly await more.
The hypnotic, 'desert blues' sound will instantly be recognizable to fans of Tinariwen, the late Ali Farka Toure and other artists from the Sahara. Accompanied by a wide variety of strong, multi-cultural percussion instruments, Adams maintains skillful playing of his guitar throughout. Its the West African Tuareg sound meets rock'n'roll and Delta blues, with a bit of trance, bellydance and Middle Eastern music thrown in for good measure. And I'm not even sure THAT does an adequate job describing his music. Ultimately, if your a fan of the so-called 'African desert blues' coming out of Mali, Senegal, Algeria, Niger, northern Nigeria and that area, then you won't want to miss out on this CD. This is as good as anything to come out of the Sahara, and Adams clearly has a grasp on the cultures of the region.