5.0 out of 5 stars
If you like Orchestre Baobab and High Life, you'll love this, 14 May 2003
From the title and opening track of Etolie Filante (Shooting Star), which I understand was a big hit in Djamel's native Algeria, I was grabbed by the maturity this guy displays over a huge range of musical styles and influences from west african ("Laafou") and gnawa ("Koubailly") to salsa, jazz funk and beyond.
That is not to say the album is without direction; the mix of styles means that you stop trying to pigeonhole him and you start to enjoy the uplifting music and then you start to dance.
I saw the band live in Paris and that really was a treat: a real happy experience with a great mix of people all dancing away and enjoying themselves.
As a bonus, this is one of the only CDs my 2 year old son will let me put on so it must be good.