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Tzenni
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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 14 July 2014
Magnificent. Album of the year so far! Superbly soulful singer and great guitar playing.
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