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Tzenni

20 Jun. 2014 | Format: MP3

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Product details

  • Original Release Date: 20 Jun. 2014
  • Release Date: 20 Jun. 2014
  • Label: Glitterbeat Records
  • Copyright: 2014 Glitterbeat Records
  • Total Length: 41:26
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  • ASIN: B00KM9GXDC
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 6 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 51,132 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)

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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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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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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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