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on 22 February 2015
The traditional Moorish griot music of Mauritania is given a reworking with a kind of heavy metal vibe. It's quite unique! The electric guitar is ramped up weaving sinuous riffs with a drum kit tapping out the loping beat and a subtle pulsing bass. Over this is the twisting tremulous voice of Noura Mint Seymali. It's got that sit up and listen thing, where you suddenly go, "what is this music!?" Wild and both firmly rooted in traditional culture but also excitingly new without destroying the magic. Reminds me of what Yat Kha did for Tuvan throat singing with their album Yenesei Punk.

It's similar in feel to the tracks by her step mother Dimi Mint Abba, where an electric guitar was used - MOORISH MUSIC FROM MAURITANIA. But Noura takes it a step further. There's also the plucking of an tidinite (like the Malian n'goni) and an ardine (like the kora) but these are low in the mix.

The electric guitar is up front and picking out twisting patterns, the drum kit hitting out a relentless skipping beat and Noura's amazing, captivating voice is high in the mix a top it all. Backing vocals answer Noura's florid vocals on some tracks.

This is extraordinary music. Plug in and lose yourself.
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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 20 December 2014
Wild and whirling music, sharp in every sense.

This album leans more to the tribal than to fusion, despite the electric guitar of Noura's husband, Sheikh Ould Chighaly. That has a lot to do with Noura's vocal acrobatics, which are very special. The album loses a point for me because it is somewhat repetitive, although I admit that complaining North African music is repetitive is like complaining that chili peppers are hot.

The title track, Tzenni (which means "spinning") has had a lot of praise, and is probably the highlight of the album. But there isn't a lot of range here, and if you don't like griot vocals (Noura is Mauretanian, a child of the Sahel) you may find this CD a tad monotonous to listen to in its entirety. Taken in small doses, it's an exciting newcomer.

Highly recommended to fans of North African music!
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on 13 November 2014
I heard one track on a magazine giveaway CD. I decided to buy the album and now I play it every day. What a singer! What a bassist!
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on 14 July 2014
Magnificent. Album of the year so far! Superbly soulful singer and great guitar playing.
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on 30 August 2014
only listened a few times it's quite in yer face and takes a bit of listening to very declamatory style but great voice and musician ship
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on 20 December 2014
different !
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