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Makan Import

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  • Audio CD (28 Oct. 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Contre-Jour
  • ASIN: B00DC3DG7G
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 167,921 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Imtidad 5'24
2. Moudaaba 4'39
3. Nassim 3'51
4. Safar 12'00
5. Douceur pour 2 "R" 3'21
6. Tawazoun 4'02
7. Imtinan 2'19
8. Awzan 4'46
9. Le Coin "D" 4'00
10. Khamsa 6'53
11. Ayour 4'49
12. Comme Une Joie 2'19
13. Intidar 4'22

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Having travelled the world with Jordi Savall, 3MA (Ballaké Sissoko and Rajery), Paolo Fresu, Debashish Bhattacharya and Montserrat Figueras and having lent his oud playing to Armand Amar and Laurent Voulzy, Driss El Maloumi has returned home. In Agadir, at the crossroads of Arab, Amazigh, western and sub-Saharan cultures, he invites his oud to distil the spices gleaned from a thousand travelled paths. Quietly, simply, in intimate dialogue with two percussionists, so that his instrument can fully express his desire to revel in the contact with other essences, other colours.


Driss El Maloumi s previous solo album L Ame Dansée showed him to be one of the most promising oud (lute) players of his generation; Makan establishes him as one of the instrument s finest performers. Right from the opening bars it is clear that you are listening to a real master, someone who combines a staggeringly secure technique with playful inventiveness. Although the compositions range widely in style and mood from the traditional Maghrebi-influenced song Ayour to the wild improvisations of Safar there is a twinkle-eyed joviality that colours everything. The spotlight is undoubtedly on El Maloumi throughout, but it is the inspired percussion playing of his brother Said and Lahoucine Baquir that provides the solid foundation for the oud s flights of virtuosity. Oud players are wary of new-fangled devices like multi-tracking, preferring the live essence of a single take. El Maloumi uses these effects judiciously, most notably on the tribute to his wife and daughter Douceur Pour 2 R . Since the death of Munir Bashir, the post of world s greatest oud player has been sitting vacant: could Driss El Maloumi be on the list of contenders? Top of the World selection --Songlines

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By bloodandfootsteps on 6 Nov. 2013
Format: Audio CD
I've listened to a lot of oud music recently from all over the Middle East, having recently got myself an oud and wanting to listen to the masters. Of course there are many oud players who are virtuosos and technically brilliant, however, for me what was always missing was some real tangible emotion in the playing. I first heard Driss el Maloumi playing on Hesperion XXI's "Orient - Occident" album and was instantly taken aback by his technical ability and the texture with which he plays. Every note had a tangible feel to it which you could reach out and grab.

Driss doesn't put out a lot of solo albums [this is his second, I think] and I'm glad to say that Makan is in exactly the style that I came to favour on the Hesperion album, there is just so much feeling to the music here. On this album Driss is joined by a couple of other musicians on percussion - but fear not - the percussion here is very subtle and understated and perfectly fits in with however quiet or loud Driss is playing. It just feel part of the whole thing rather than being something you can single out. One or two of the tracks have vocals in them which are again, quite subtle and not overpowering, and I was pleased to see the inclusion of some female vocals in places as well.

Of course the main standout is the oud itself which takes centre stage as you'd expect, being mostly an instrumental album. The overall feel to the album is energetic and rhythmical, but in an understated way; it's like the fast movement of a very modern high-speed train - you know you're going somewhere fast, but the journey is so smooth and well-paced. The melodies are quite introspective, there nothing too 'happy' here.
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