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  • Audio CD (21 Oct. 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Stern's Africa
  • ASIN: B00006AAP1
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 509,205 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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An incredible debut album by singer/songwriter Kad Achouri. Liberte is a funky mix of French chanson, Basque pop and world jazz, delivered with Kad's distinctively poetic and seductive vocals. Also for sale as digital download atemusic amazon uk amazon us itunes uk itunes us

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First things first: Kad Achouri is from southern France, of Algerian-Spanish ancestry. He lives in London and his music occupies a previously unexplored hinterland located somewhere between French chanson, jazz and MC Solaar. He is like, and this is an inevitable although an inaccurate comparison, a hip-hop powered Manu Chao. Liberté is his first album and it's absolutely superb.

Expect broad, rolling, double bass-driven organic hip-hop rhythms with supple vibraphone and evocative story-telling ('Vue Sur La Mer'), sophisticated horn arrangements ('Dis Moi'), and loping funk ('Mi Negra'). There are melancholic choruses, poetic lyrics rapped and sung en francais, and exemplary instrumental performances from a battalion of Greek jazz musicians on all the tracks.

The first two tunes, 'Liberté' (a rapped reinterpretation of extraordinarily beautiful verses by Paul Eduard) and 'J'amerai' (think John Lennon's 'Imagine' with a plan of action) have a subtly skanking quality and are both about as Manu Chao-like as the album gets. 'Sous La Lune' demonstrates Kad has ears for funky bossa-nova. 'Il Faut Que Ça Change' with a walking double bass line and turntables, is as righteous a piece of electronic/organic rabble rousing I've heard all year.

The album is worth buying, above all, for the tune 'African Piano' alone. It kicks off with a sample from the avant-garde saxophonist Archie Shepp. It displays a gently propulsive hip-hop swing, a hypnotic piano riff, a string arrangement recalling Tunde Jegede, and subtle turntables. These serve to anchor splendid solos from Kad (acoustic piano) and the Greek jazz musicians (sax and trumpet, for two.) Backing vocals are arranged by the Congolese singer Lokua Kanza, whose own album Toyebi Te is worth a listen.

A terrific debut and recommended. --Neil Bennun

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Coming up with a soundbite to describe this CD would be hard. It simply defies all attemts to put it into a category.
It's jazzy, it's rappy, it's laid back. Mediterranean rhythms cunningly blended with very seductive vocals and some excellent instrumental performances (don't miss the way "African piano" fades into an exquisite cello solo at the end). This CD is a must-have for any serious music listener.
Music apart, another thing which struck me about this CD was the quality of the recording. This is complex music but absolutely none of the sound layers have been lost in the mix. Every single instrument (and there are a lot of them) is exactly where it should be. It's hard to believe that a debut artist can produce a CD with so much depth yet this well produced.
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This recording will play and play, each time I listen to it I notice something different. I can't categorise this music but rai it is definitely not. There's bits of rapping with a Gil Scott Heron type vocal delivery, track 3 sounds a bit like Manu Chao & with track eight I could be sitting in Ronnie Scotts or the Barbican whilst track 10 reminds me of the soundtrack from the film Diva.
Jazz club, WOMAD, rap gig, classical recital this CD flows eemlessly through it all and I certainly won't tire of it.
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Sumptuous jazz fused with north African and Spanish influences. Some real catchy tunes (particularly the first 4 or 5) as well as some great grooves to have in the background to set a cool mood.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9bc592b8) out of 5 stars 2 reviews
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This is a great album! One of the best album's I own. Mi Negra is a super cool song. Love Kad Achouri's music and look forward to Societe AND more!
HASH(0x9bc5c9e4) out of 5 stars Five Stars 26 Jan. 2015
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Great electronic lounge cd from one of shining stars of Paris.
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