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  • Eguetmar
    Tzenni
    El Barm
    El Madi
    El Mougelmen
    Hebebeb (Zrag)
    Soub Hanallah
    Tikifite
    Char'aa
    Emin Emineïna Chouweynë
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    SEYMALI, NOURA MINT

    Tzenni

    "Tzenni" heißt in Hassania, einem Dialekt der Westsahara, so viel wie zirkulieren, sich drehen, wechseln. Es ist der Name eines Tanzes maurischer Griots, aber auch Metapher für den Lebenszyklus, das ewige Kommen und Gehen der Sonne, des Lichts, des Wassers, der Winde. Mit dem Album "Tzenni" gelang Noura Mint Seymali eine zeitgemäße Umsetzung maurischer Griot-Tradition. Die Sängerin und Musikerin aus Mauretanien entstammt einer Musikerfamilie, ihr Vater, Seymali Ould Ahmed Vall, war einer der bedeutendsten Musiker des nordafrikanischen Landes, ihre Stiefmutter die große Sängerin Dimi Mint Abba. Das Album entstand zusammen mit Seymalis Ehemann, dem Gitarristen Jeiche Ould Chighaly, in New York, Dakar und Mauretaniens Hauptstadt Nouakchott und setzt die wohlklingende Familientradition fort. Seymali selbst spielt die koraähnliche Ardîne, eine Art Winkelharfe, die zusammen mit der Tidinit, der gezupften Langhalslaute, die Basis traditioneller maurischer Musik bildet. Das 180-Gramm-Vinyl enthält einen Downloadcode.
    Format
    LP
    Release-Datum
    27.06.2014
    EAN
    EAN 4030433601617
     
  • 01. Let Jesus Work It Out
    02. Deep River
    03. My Rock
    04. Search Heaven Over
    05. Shelter
    06. Why Can't I
    07. Lord Hold My Hand
    08. Jesus Is Calling
    09. I Got Everything (When I Got God)
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    DAYTONIANS

    Let Jesus Work It Out

    [engl] Oh, this is a nifty little obscurity from 1977, actually sounding like it has been released some 7 or 8 years prior due to a rough and basic sound. But it has been a private release by an all in all christian band with christian lyrics, praising the lord and his son Jesus Christ. Original copies came in two different versions with a black cover and a green one, both impossible to find in any condition. So it is a good thing that EVERLAND MUSIC have taken their chance to reissue this beautiful record and make it available also to a more secular audience as well. What we have here is a mixture of soul and gospel music with elements of rock music thrown in. Most of the tracks are rather mellow and have a thought provoking atmosphere, but there are still a few joyful singalong tunes with a happy feel. All of them though are nothing but anthems of praise for God and Jesus Christ, music you usually associate with churches in the black neighborhoods in bigger US cities, mainly in the South, where the community sings along to the gospel choir under guidance of the pastor. But apart from being an overall spiritual effort, this music really grabs you by the soul and mesmerizes you. You feel the joy the band had recording this record. The performance is vibrant, you feel like you have been right in the same room with the band and their spark sets you ablaze. Technically this is definitely on par with every major production, just not with a really slick sound. In this case it is the music that matters, and who will disagree with me’ The sound of this record is even much older than the style of the songs and this might quite easily have been a 1950s album if you just look at the pure sound. The songs have a more modern edge, late 60s style, they could work with THE BAND, THE BYRDS and Bob Dylan as well as with black soul groups. And the songs have this special approach that makes them catchy and memorable. This record is pure brilliance and should be a highly praised gem for all fans of gospel and soul inspired west coast rock. 1977? Would you bet on it’ But that is the truth and I am floored to find so much music with a way older soul in that particular year where punk and disco ruled. Massive!!!!
    Format
    LP
    Release-Datum
    12.08.2019
    EAN
    EAN 0710473184571
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    CD
    Release-Datum
    12.08.2019
    EAN
    EAN 0710473184588
     
  • 01. Yo-Yo (Part 1)
    02. I Don’t Think I Can Make It
    03. Three Time Loser
    04. An Ugly Woman (Is Twice As Sweet)
    05. Yo-Yo (Part 2)
    06. Love Is Sweeter On The Other Side
    07. You Can’t Get Something For Nothing
    08. Your Love Has Got To Me
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    DON COVAY

    Funky Yo-Yo

    [engl] Groovy funk, hot R&B and angelic gospel and soul from 1977 by one of the leading figures in the 1960s soul music explosion, who worked as composer and producer with the likes of Chubby Checker and Aretha Franklin for example, but also acted as member of the doo wop act THE RAINBOWS. Don Convay (1938 ” 2015) was a gifted man when it came to music and this shows in his 1977 album “Funky Yo Yo”. It starts with a hot blooded and steamy funk tune, the first part of the title track, that comes with an up tempo beat dragging everybody from his seat to get into a really unleashed dancing. On the ever pulsating rhythms you find some nice guitar and piano harmonies and riffs that push the tune into a rock direction without losing the funk spirit. The vocals and backing vocals often seem to talk to each other and sometimes even are spoken and not sung, even though this was far from the rap music that turned up later. Don Convay and his female backing singers laugh and shout at each other in a state of joy. Great one to heat up the audience. Now the pace gets slowed down and a soulful ballad named “I don’t think I can make it” flows in gently with a three quarter beat, a beautiful organ and heart warming lead vocals that have a similar timbre like Mick Jagger or Van Morrison, who in fact always wanted to sound like black guys. It is not far from Wilson Picket’s “If you need me” in the ROLLING STONES version from 1964. Coincidence’ Probably a case of inspiration that lead to one beautiful song being released in 1977. In opposite to it’s title, “Three time loser” is a real winner. Another R&B tune that recalls the golden days of British and Irish R&B around 1964/65. This was outrageously retro at the time of it’s release, since we already had disco and electronic music hitting the charts, we had synthesizers swirling allover the place and there was rap showing up on the horizon, while in rock the punk and early heavy metal started to take over the reign from all the dinosaur progressive bands. And in between we have this album. A 1964 soundalike R&B, garage rock’n’roll monster par excellance. And you really get this idea when you listen to the next song “An ugly woman (is twice as sweet)”, which could easily have been a real stormer on any early THEM, ANIMALS and ROLLING STONES record. What is going on here’ And even with the explosive funk eruption “Yo Yo Pt. 2” Don Convay goes no further than 1969. The band goes wild and crazy on this tune and they pour even more fuel to the fire. I am floored that a band on the edge of the plastic pop decade called “the Eighties” would come up with such an old fashioned but captivating, engaging and groovy record of the handmade kind. The performance on both “Yo Yo” songs is determined, devoted and vibrant. And before you get lost in the flashing grooves of “Yo Yo Pt. 2” the band slows down to take a breath again and tells you that “Love is sweeter on the other side”, a bluesy ballad with overwhelming vocal delivery. Don Convay sounds like a white man who wants to sound like a black man, still like a cross between Mick Jagger and Van Morrison with some undefinable aspects. Anyway, his voice is just beautiful, rich, strong and charismatic whatever he does. He sings in a soft way and then erupts into shouts that speak of a wounded soul. Awesome ballad. And then comes “You can’t get something for nothing” which is garage rock that sounds more like 1968 or 69 and has a distinct CCR atmosphere. Nothing but a wicked little rocker that demands your attention and then grabs you by the heart. This is still an unexpected move although nothing would surprise the listener anymore. And to close the album what could be better than another 1960s style R&B ballad. So this is what you get. Your THEM, ANIMALS and ROLLING STONES records of 1965 have begged for a little brother for ages, here we go with a record that fell out of time when it was released, but comes shining with a timeless beauty 40 years onward. If you love your 60s music and do not mind that it was only recorded more than 10 years ahead of the golden era, this reissue on EVERLAND MUSIC will thrill you to the furthest corner of your soul.
    Format
    LP
    Release-Datum
    12.08.2019
    EAN
    EAN 0710473184618
    Format
    CD
    Release-Datum
    12.08.2019
    EAN
    EAN 0710473184625
     
  • 01. Love Song
    02. Norwegian Wood/Eleanor Rigby
    03. Corazon
    04. You Are The Sunshine Of My Life
    05. Reach Out
    06. Wild Flower
    07. I’m Gonna Love You Just A Little More Baby (Deeper And Deeper)
    08. Zanzibar
    09. Summertime
    10. Day By Day
    cover

    BACK EAST

    Day By Day

    [engl] There have always been countless music acts that appeared and disappeared within the wink of an eye in whatever style and scene one can imagine. And not only since the independent record label became a trendy way to release albums in the 1980s, but also way before already. One small label effort was “Day by day”, the only album by American band BACK EAST, at least I consider it a band as the music has this natural flow and great feeling. That’s what I call a sweet obscurity: recorded in 1974 and released in 1975, original copies fetch prices up to 300 US$ and I am really happy that EVERLAND MUSIC gave it a proper reissue finally, for this album is worth being known by a wider audience. It starts with “Love song”, a dreamy soul pop tune with an addictive vocal melody and very gently sounding arrangements. The song proclaims that “Love is the only thing” and I agree with BACK EAST. Next comes a freaky BEATLES cover “Norwegian wood / Eleanor Rigby” and while many bands either just replay the original with no creative input of their own, BACK EAST make both BEATLES classics their very own and fuse them into a haunting piece of music. Slightly jazz influenced Latin pop joins the colorful dance in shape of a song named “Corazon”. Next on the list are coverversions of “You are the sunshine of my life” by Stevie Wonder and “Reach out (I’ll be there)” by THE FOUR TOPS with the first one being at least close to the original melody wise, only a bit slowed down with a more dreamy atmosphere, the latter one has been made their very own once more. Slowed down, softened but still with the depth of utter devotion to the cause of the song. The jazzy arrangements in all these songs, the swirling piano and slightly uneven beats build the hooks which will moor each song within your soul. We reached the End of Side A and turn over the piece of vinyl and face a chanson of the highest order with a melody so bittersweet that it will bring tears to your eyes. It gets a more pop oriented expression towards the chorus but it stays deeply melancholic throughout the whole duration. “I’m gonna love you just a little more Baby (deeper and deeper)” is also a rather soft and dreamy pop song with female vocals and the male singer joining in during the chorus. It has this flowery late 60s atmosphere that brings pictures oft he Woodstock Art and Music Fair to my mind, but also shows a certain urban club feeling. All in all a very relaxed song that gets slightly more energetic later on with a cool organ solo in the middle section. “Zanzibar” then has a rather exotic title and a thrilling, dark atmosphere. It comes as an up paced exotic jazz number with the piano as leading instrument. And it falls out of place actually for it drags you back to the late 1950s sound and performance wise. But the electric guitar tells us it is not that old by the time of it’s release. Anyway, this song stands out as a welcome oddity on this actually rather dreamy pop album and wakes you up with it’s sheer intensity. Still a catchy tune despite the jazz influence. But soon after we fall back into the dreamy state. “Summertime”, the world famous Gershwin composition has been transformed into a playful, yet relaxed jazz pop tune with amazing female vocals. The lead melody stays as it is, just the arrangements differ to other well known coverversions such as the one by THE ZOMBIES. A lengthy instrumental section with more uneven rhythms and great dialogue between guitar and piano makes this one a truly awesome interpretation of a classic tune. In the middle section the song takes a new direction for a moment that even brings to mind some atmospheric psychedelic pop music from around 1967. And it moves me, it deeply moves me. The title track then closes the album with an engaging latin rhythm (mambo, I believe) and upon this upbeat groove an intriguing vocal melody. Jazz and pop flow gently into another on this album, it sounds like swing being upgraded by adding then modern soul pop to the cocktail. And this cocktail is highly addictive. A really mellow and gentle album with only a few more energetic moments, but it comes with a deep and thick atmosphere that brings pictures to your mind. I have not heard many records that were that beautiful in the true sense of the word. I wonder why this album sank nearly without a trace to become such a collectors item, while it should have been an evergreen among fans of soulful flower pop.
    Format
    LP
    Release-Datum
    12.08.2019
    EAN
    EAN 0710473184632
    Format
    CD
    Release-Datum
    12.08.2019
    EAN
    EAN 0710473184649
     
  • 01. Incredible
    02. Testify
    03. On And On
    04. Right Stuff
    05. Touch Me Up
    06. Work It Out
    07. Hot Flash
    08. Get Closer
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    SCHERRIE PAYNE

    Incredible

    [engl] Scherrie Payne is the younger sister of well known actress and singer Freda Payne and has been co lead singer with THE SUPREMES from 1973 to 1977. Quite a vita, one might say. But her 1987 solo album “Incredible” sank without a trace, despite the high quality pop music included. 670 US$ is the highest price fetched for this gem that I saw and I thought it must be an amazing piece of music. I can assure you, if you would not have known this masterpiece as a fan of perfectly produced 80s pop with a definite soul influence, you would have dearly missed out one of the most intense collections of pop songs ever released, but thanks to EVERLAND MUSIC we hold this gem in our hands as a reissue and can now witness the truly incredible talent of Ms. Sherrie Payne and her partner in crime, former SWITCH member Philipp Ingram. Sherrie croons on every song here in a breathtaking way with a voice of divine power and angelic brightness. The arrangements are not frugal with little details, of course most coming from electronic sound devices of the day, as usual with most 80s pop music. A few funky guitar licks here and there and probably the bass guitar lines are certainly handmade, the rest is synthesizer pop but of the highest order. The grooves are addictive, the melodies haunt you and won’t leave for a long time after the record has reached the final track. This is 100 % pop music from the 1980s, a product of it’s era but with a vibrant charme and songs that are outstanding. It is hard to compare this to other female fronted pop acts of the day, on the other hand this fits well with fans of YAZOO, Madonna, Sinitta, Whitney Houston and BANANARAMA as it features all the trademarks that this music needs. Catchy tunes with a longer lasting effect, great melodies, a slick and powerful production and a joyful atmosphere. Stylistically there is so much funk to be found in here, that with a more natural sound this album could have easily topped the charts in 1978 during the disco heydays due to these outstanding songs. Everything is a little bit more flashy here, as we have reached the second half oft the 80s. Anyway, this record gives a fan of energetic 80s pop goosebumps for it’s depth in the compositions and great emotional expression. So grab your copy today or at latest tomorrow for you have no excuse to miss this gem again.
    Format
    LP
    Release-Datum
    12.08.2019
    EAN
    EAN 0710473184793
    Format
    CD
    Release-Datum
    12.08.2019
    EAN
    EAN 0710473184809
     
  • 01. Chicken And Booze
    02. La Flauta Mulaton
    03. Up And Down
    04. Aprovecha El Tiempo
    05. El Camaron
    06. Pow Wow
    07. La Fresa
    08. Conciencia
    09. Farfallota
    10. Manny’s Guaguanco
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    MANNY CORCHADO & HIS ORCHESTRA Featuring TITO JIMENEZ

    Aprovecha El Tiempo

    [engl] 1967 was a year where musical development went faster than lightspeed with so many new styles emerging from the basements of the musical hotspots in the USA and Europe such as London, San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York City and many more. A year where pop music was colorful and went without boundaries. And in between were Manny Corchado, his orchestra and a guy named Tito Jimenez, who might be a prominent figure in the later 60s “Boogaloo” movement but I am not certain for nothing could be found on the internet, neither about Manny nor about Tito. Mystical figures who released only one beautiful record and collectors item among fans of latin dance music of the 1960s which fetches prices over 200 USD for a copy in good shape. So why is this such a legendary piece of music’ If you ever experienced the Boogaloo sound of the days when San Francisco was the ultimate capital of popular music and the place where more hippies and kids gathered than anywhere else on this planet, you will certainly understand. Boogaloo came from the streets of Harlem where Afro American and Afro Cuban musicians lived and partied together and therefore Rhythm & Blues, Rock’n’Roll and Latin dance music like Son Cubano merged into another until a new exciting sound emerged from the backstreet halls to hit the clubs. Jazzy elements like saxophone solos in the Bebop style, shaking and whirling percussions that were taken straight from the Cuban music of the times when the Son Cubano orchestras were huge and the whole city of Havanna was a simmering dance floor, straight elements of current rock and pop music, everything that was cool from both worlds became one big sound for a moment. And Manny Corchado, his orchestra and the mysterious Ramon “Tito Jay” Jimenez were at the pulse oft he movement. One of the greatest pieces on this album is “Pow wow”, a hot blooded latin pop song with vocals singing one single but very memorable line in Spanish language with a few spoken words added in both, English and Spanish. The hypnotic and nearly manic drumbeat at the beginning, the howling of the “Indian” warriors, the words spoken by the chieftain before the straight pop rhythms set in, everything is just in the right place to create an atmosphere that will grab one’s mind and move him. The tune is powerful and energetic despite being more mid paced. The brass section gives a latin big band flair, the “Indian” sounds” add an exotic touch. Amazing song and as catchy as such a song has to be. While “Pow wow” made up the middle of this record we jump over to “Chicken and booze”, a three minute instrumental with a furious saxophone as howling lead instrument and the brass section laying down great melodies on the rhythmical substructure that obviously finds its roots in the Afro Cuban dance music, just in a more straightened up way. This is in fact a fusion sound that will leave nobody sitting on his chair but twirling around on the floor. Or let us check “Up and down”, third position on this album. The whole song is jumping and swinging, the brass melodies are catchy and soulful with a direct link to Latin American traditions, the middle section is made of percussions only which hypnotize the listener and there are saxophone and trumpets going into solo duels with each other. This is a frantic dancer, a hot groover, a steamy dancefloor sweeper. Whatever you call this piece of music, it haunts you, it comes as close to primal music in some parts as it can and goes back to the sweaty dance halls of the 1950s in Havanna or in US cities. All in all the band is a tight unit that knows to lay down a thrilling groove by ejecting a complex network of percussion and drum figures upon which the melodies grow straight into the listeners’ soul. The vivid production gives you the impression to be right in the middle of the dancing crowd while the band plays there live and in colour upon the stage. It still provides everything the listener needs. A crystal clear sound that shows every instrument, every single percussion beat and the power that makes this record so intense. Just in case you are a fan of Latin music such as Salsa or Son Cubano, grab a copy. Just in case you wonder what was going on in 1967 aside from the obvious psychedelic and heavy rock sounds, well, grab a copy. Or if you love what two years later Carlos Santana and his band have created by adding wild rock elements, then go for Manny Corchado, his orchestra and Tito Jimenez who might not have any of Carlos’ smoking lead guitars or Gregg Rollie’s infatuting organs but will enchant you with their spirit. This current reissue on Everland Records will hopefully activate a whole new generation of Boogaloo / 60s Latin Pop fans to discover an album that was made to become a classic.
    Format
    LP
    Release-Datum
    12.10.2019
    EAN
    EAN 0710473184663
    Format
    CD
    Release-Datum
    12.08.2019
    EAN
    EAN 0710473184670
     
  • 01. There Was A Time
    02. That’s When I Need You
    03. I Like Your Style
    04. I Fell In Love (I Can’t Help It)
    05. Never Let Love Go
    06. They Say I’m Afraid (Of Losing You)
    07. This Thing!
    08. Just Because You’ve Been Hurt
    09. You’d Better Get Hip Girl
    10. Give Me Lots Of Lovin’
    11. She’s Foolin’ You
    12. Deserted
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    FREDDY BUTLER

    With A Dab Of Soul

    [engl] Oh, sweet soul music, you make my life so wonderful. Well, especially when I have the pleasure to rediscover long lost treasures from the late 60s soul music scene that were not the obvious albums by the obvious bands or artists like Four Tops and Marvin Gaye but appeared and fell under the radar despite the great quality of the songs. Now here we have Freddy Butler, a man with a smooth and soft, yet powerful voice that you will be able to recognize from a dozen or more soul singers oft he same era. A kind expression lies on his face when you look at him smiling from the cover of his sole album “With a dab of soul” released in 1967. Original mono copies of this gem already fetch 150 US$ or even more when they turn up in a more or less good shape. So it was time for a vinyl reissue and this comes from Dutch label Everland Records. And they dug out a vinyl treasure par excellance here. “With a dab of soul” is a jewel of Northern Soul or Street Soul far from the mainstream productions of the 1960s big labels that held most positions in the charts. It has this earthy feeling, a simmering atmosphere that highlights its authenticity. This man is for real and his music comes as honest as music can. For sure he offers sweet ballads, steaming dancers and thoughtful tunes with a certain pop appeal just as many of the mainstream acts also did but the vivid production that only focuses on the main instruments such as drums, bass, guitar, piano, blues harp and a sparingly used brass section with Mr. Butler’s vocals upfront makes this feel like something real. Freddy Butler has this lush voice that pushes the songs with great emotions into the heart and soul of the listener. This power and his charisma make him an outstanding star at the sky of soul music but this album makes one thing crystal clear. Talent alone will not bring you fame and fortune. Being on par musically with all the big names will not get you to the top positions of the charts. We can only thank Everland Records for dragging this album by the long gone Freddy Butler back to the light. Soulfanatics who love a good mix of moods will certainly enjoy these tunes. Freddy Butler puts an emphasize on the song, the melody and the longevity of his works rather than just going for a hot blooded groove that stays with the listener as long as the song lasts. He wanted to create anthems for a generation to come and voil’, here we go. As good as everything the FOUR TOPS have ever put on vinyl, as good as BABY HUEY might have been if he just stayed with us for longer than just 26 years. These are songs so timeless that they will always sound fresh and vivid when you give this record a spin. And be sure, this album won’t let you go with just the occasional round. You feel like one turn per side is not enough when you are in the mood for good soul music. There were even two 45s released from this album, “There was a time / This thing” and a promo 7? “That’s when I needed you / Give me lots of lovin'”. Just to mention that. Band and singer of course are top notch, musicians who really deserve the title. They play with passion and fire while staying precise at any moment. On top of the instrumental substructure you will find vocals with a great range and good variety of intensity levels. Freddy Butler was a crooner who could sing like a gentleman and be a savage the next moment. He always had the situation under control and knew to bring in the right emotion at the right time. They don’t make them like this anymore. He should be listed with the greatest of his genre whenever people talk about soul music. And now go and buy your copy of this jewel.
    Format
    LP
    Release-Datum
    12.10.2019
    EAN
    EAN 0710473184533
    Format
    CD
    Release-Datum
    12.08.2019
    EAN
    EAN 0710473184540
     
  • 01. Mandroid
    02. Video Sensation
    03. Fantasy
    04. Sneeky
    05. I Found A Lover
    06. Moonwalk
    07. Sunrise
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    GIFT OF DREAMS

    Mandroid

    [engl] The 1980s were a decade where synthesized music was a hip thing and all the handmade trademarks vanished from the scene. Electronic pop was huge and the charts were blocked by an unspeakable number of productions. But as we all know, the music industry and the whole business cannot be predicted, so despite being on par with the best acts from the electronic pop scene, some projects just fell into obscurity right after having released what I would call a true masterpiece. “Mandroid”, the second album by GIFT OF DREAMS is such a gem. Accessible and also memorable tunes with a long lasting effect on the listener invite you to have a joyful time. The backing tracks are all made up by synthesizers and spread a spacey atmosphere from time to time through some really enchanting melodies. There is a catchy beat with all the tracks here, that makes them perfect dancefloor sweepers. Just in case people get to know them and this used to be a difficult effort due to the degree of rarity of the album. But thanks to EVERLAND MUSIC this gap has been closed now and a beautiful reissue comes our way. This is synthie pop for sure, but with a definite soul music expression coming from the powerful vocals. I mean, the album is a product of the time it has been released. Overloaded with sounds from electronic devices it sounds like the musical vision of a thinking machine. But many melodies are traditional blues and soul with a touch of funk, this cannot be denied. And each song is a little piece of art with so many details in the arrangements on which the vocals ride. Futuristic soul music fort he 22nd century probably. Maybe the crew of Spaceship Enterprise will one day dance to this in the crew lounge while heading for the furthest galaxies. GIFT OF DREAMS do not stop before reggae elements and whatever they can add to their songs to make them unique. Actually this album should have been topping the charts in 1983 and staying in the hearts of mankind as an evergreen for every 1980s party. A must have for 80s synthesized pop fans.
    Format
    LP
    Release-Datum
    12.10.2019
    EAN
    EAN 0710473184779
    Format
    CD
    Release-Datum
    12.08.2019
    EAN
    EAN 0710473184786
     
  • 01. Funk Some More
    02. Life Aint’ Nothin’ But A Groove
    03. Don’t Take Your Love Away
    04. Party Down
    05. You’re The One
    06. Lady Fair
    07. I Really Dig You
    08. Inner Flight (Thru Your Mind)
    09. I Don’t Wanna Lose Your Love
    10. Joy To The World
    11. Star Wars (bonus song)
    12. Space Dancin’ (bonus song)
    cover

    COOK COUNTY...

    Released

    [engl] Zach Prather is a prolific guitarist and blues man who nowadays lives in Switzerland and has worked his hands to the bone with legends such as Curtis Mayfield, Willie Dixon or Mick Jagger in the past 50 years. In 1978 he teamed up with another producer, prolific blues man Cash McCall, with whom he ventured into funky dance music in a project named COOK COUNTY, after the US county in which Chicago lies and which features an infamous prison. You can assume that the project name and album title “Released” are a pun directed towards this jailhouse and the prison cell on the cover will prove that. Listening to the album one might not really think about the tough life in prison but more of a joyful time on a giant white luxury yacht cruising the ocean, or a steamy night in a noble club in Chicago. The music has power and style but comes clothed into a smooth and silky sound garment. The songs are memorable and accessible pieces of funk and pop with soulful melodies and rich vocals that showcase a very precise interplay of the instrumentalists, probably nameless, yet excellent studio musicians. The performance is hot blooded here for sure and the atmosphere is sweaty and filled with passion, still there is this Funk music, no matter if played with the intention to reach a widespread audience, is sheer passion as it moves you with its good vibrations. Zach and Cash have achieved exactly this aim, to move people, to make people happy just listening to their songs. Thing is that “Released” only saw the light of day as a promo back in 1978 and barely shows up these days. Over the past years the albums was sold only 2 times, once for 1700 USD and once for 2700 USD. But which fan of funk and soul with a pop appeal would ever give away such a true gem’ The brass section sounds like a modernized version of SLY & THE FAMILY STONE, wild, furious and gifted with writing, exciting melody lines upon classic funk tunes. This is as classic as funk can get actually and stands on the same level at eye height with Betty Davis, the aforementioned Sly Stone and later acts like HOT CHOCOLATE, which were certainly more pop oriented but still steaming in every aspect. A sweet reissue on Everland Music for all those who walk the funky way.
    Format
    LP
    Release-Datum
    12.10.2019
    EAN
    EAN 0710473184472
    Format
    CD
    Release-Datum
    12.08.2019
    EAN
    EAN 0710473184489
     
  • 01. Sef-Afrikia
    02. Tel Kal Tidit
    03. Tamiditin Aicha
    04. La Luma
    05. Marhaba
    06. La La La
    07. I Fitalan
    08. Tamiditin Janette
    09. Lubia Taura

    BIBI AHMED

    Adghah

    Bibi Ahmed, Kopf und Bandleader von Group Inerane, stammt aus Agadez (Niger), eine der unbändigsten, unbeständigsten und gefährlichsten Gegenden dieser Erde. Früh wurde Bibi mit der Unterdrückung und Ausgrenzung der Tuareg durch die nationalen Regierungen von Mali und Niger konfrontiert. Ebenso früh erwachte seine Liebe zur Musik. Als Kind brachte sich Bibi Ahmed das Gitarre spielen selbst bei, bevor er seine Ausbildung von dem großen Meister und Vater des Tuareg-Blues, Abdallah Ag Oumbadougou, erhielt. Geprägt durch die Erlebnisse in den lybischen Flüchlingscamps während des Tuareg Aufstandes, verlieh Bibi Ahmed, während viele andere Künstler das Land in Richtung Amerika und Europa verließen, mit seiner Band Group Inerane der Rebellion eine eigene, musikalische Stimme und öffnete gleichzeitig die reiche Tradition der Tamachek-Gitarrensänge einer neue Generation Zuhörern. In Zusammenarbeit mit Sounds of Subterrania und den Lotte Lindenberg Studio entstand Februar 2019 sein erstes Soloalbum, bei welchem er alle Instrumente selbst einspielte. Diese Reduktion eröffnen einen völlig neuen Blick auf diesen sehr spezielle Mix aus Tuareg Blues, elektrifizierte Tamachek Folk und Psychedelic Sahara-Rock. Man spürt förmlich das Flirren der Hitze und begibt man sich auf den Pfad des Hörens , verschwimmen die Unterschiede zwischen spirituellen Trance und hypnotischem Psychedelic-Blues.
    Format
    LP
    Release-Datum
    30.08.2019
    EAN
    EAN 4260016921935
    Format
    CD
    Release-Datum
    30.08.2019
    EAN
    EAN 4260016921942
     
  • Kalt
    Tanz Im Licht
    In Bewegung
    Das Ist Die Wahrheit
    Heute Oder Morgen
    Die Sonne In Der Wüste
    Verwüstung
    Im Film
    (Es Ist) Zu Spät
    Egal Wohin
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    THOMAS SYSTEM

    In Bewegung

    Orange Translucent
    Format
    LP
    Release-Datum
    01.10.2018
     
  • 01. Dimo Yaou Tata
    02. Djulau
    03. Djara Wilam
    04. Mido Yirima
    05. Noumou Foli
    06. Poulo Hoto Ngari
    07. Poulo Warali
    08. Sidy Modibo
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    POULO, AWA

    Poulo Warali

    AWA POULO ist eine Sängerin fulbischer Abstammung aus der Kommune Dilly in Mali, nahe der Grenze zu Mauretanien. Das oft nomadisch lebende Hirtenvolk der Fulbe lebt in einem Gebiet vom Senegal bis Äthiopien, aber vornehmlich in der Sahel-Region Westafrikas. Awesome Tapes From Africa ist stolz, POULOs neueste Aufnahmen hochvirtuosen Folk-Pops - direkt aus dem Studio - veröffentlichen zu dürfen, die ihre Vision fulbischer Musik über die Weiden und Märkte ihrer Heimat im Südwesten Malis hinaus katapultiert. Es kommt nicht oft vor, dass eine weibliche Fulbe-Sängerin öffentlich auftritt. Doch eine Nebenfrau von POULOs Mutter ist INNA BABA COULIBALY, eine gefeierte Sängerin, die den meisten Musikfans aus Mali ein Begriff ist. COULIBALY kam zur Musik, als ein regionaler Musikwettbewerb einen Teilnehmer aus ihrem Dorf erforderte und sie als Sängerin ausgewählt wurde. Befeuert von einer überraschenden Kette von Ereignissen, war auch der Einstieg der jungen POULO in die Welt der Musik vielversprechend und sie erreichte in der ganzen Region Bekanntheit. Nach mehreren lokal veröffentlichten Tapes und CDs ist ,Poulo Warali" das erste international vertriebene Album von AWA POULO.
    Format
    LP
    Release-Datum
    20.01.2017
    EAN
    EAN 0616892445340
     
  • 01. Achabiba
    02. Erilegh Iflassakh
    03. Eliss Wan Anas
    04. Douban
    05. Telilit
    06. Tarha
    07. Tende
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    LES FILLES DE ILLIGHADAD

    Fatou Seidi Ghali & Alamnou Akrouni

    [engl] Recorded in Illighadad, Niger, 2014. The vinyl release includes the track 'Tarha', which does not appear on the digital edition. Artists: Drum [Tendé] - Alamnou Akrouni // Guitar, Drum [Tendé] - Fatou Seidi Ghali
    Format
    LP
    Release-Datum
    22.02.2016
    EAN
    EAN 0602318136725
     
  • 01. Mashee Kooka
    02. He Eh Lalla
    03. Beesmeellah Beedeet
    04. Moola Nefta
    05. Habeebee Hooa Jooani
    06. Nafta Naghara
    07. Danee Danee
    08. Wa Salaat Alih Hannabee Mohammad
    09. Mabbrooka
    10. Gh*st-track : Galoo Sahara Laleet El Aeed
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    IFRIQIYYA ELECTRIQUE

    Laylet El Booree

    Dein persönlicher Dämon besitzt dein Wesen, und das für immer. Regelmäßig wird er nach deinem Körper fragen und wenn du dich schlecht und unglücklich fühlst, hat er ein zwingendes Bedürfnis nach ihm. Dann kommt die Banga-Gemeinde mit ihren Tänzen, Tchektchekas und Tablas, die Feuer, Benzoe und Wasser tragen, um dich in einem ausgelassenen Ritual auf deine wilde Seite bis zum Totalverlust der Sinne zu bringen. Dein persönlicher Dämon besitzt nun Dein gesamtes Wesen. Es ist ein therapeutisches Ritual von Bessesenheit und Trance, ein Vermächtnis, welches von den früheren schwarzen Sklaven, die vor Jahrhunderten in Tunesien verkauft wurden, aufrecht erhalten wurde. Ein Synkretismus zwischen Animismus und Islam. Sie lassen die Dämonen mit Computern und elektrischen Gitarren kommunizieren, um dieses adorcistische Ritual der Besessenheit zu zelebrieren. Im Bewusstsein, dass so das Bedürfnis sich zu vergessen und sich zu erheben vom Djerid bis in die Diskotheken Ibizas oder Moskauer Rock-Clubs absolut identisch ist. IFRIQIYYA ELECTRIQUE ist mehr als nur ein Konzert. Es ist das wahre adorcistische Ritual von Sidi Marzûq, welches von der Banga Gemeinde praktiziert wird. Neu komponierte Musik, eine transzendentale und postindustrielle Zeremonie. Das erste Album der Ifriqiyya Electrique RUWAHINE wurde von Glitterebat Rec. veröffentlicht. Im Juli 2017 ist das Album "Rûwâhîne" auf Platz 4 der TRANSGLOBAL WORLD MUSIC CHART (USA) und auf Platz 6 in den Top 20 der WORLD MUSIC CHARTS EUROPE. Im Mai 2018 filmte Arte (Fernsehen) ein ganzes Konzert und strahlte es anschließend aus. Ifriqiyya Electrique wurde eingeladen von Festivals wie SZIGET, WOMAD, VIEILLES CHARRUES, WOMEX, FMM Sines, ETHNO PORT, COLOURS of OSTRAVA, OFFEST, PLAI, POHODA...
    Format
    LP
    Release-Datum
    05.04.2019
    EAN
    EAN 4030433607015
     
  • 01. ADOUNIA
    02. ISHILAN
    03. IMETAWAN
    04. AKALINE KIDAL
    05. ASIN ORAL
    06. TIKARAS
    07. AZAMAN
    08. POESIE
    09. ASSOUF
    10. TIKOUNEN
    11. TEMET
    12. WAR TAFAR
    cover

    KAEDY, AHMED AG

    Akaline Kidal

    [engl] In exile from his city in Northern Mali, singer/songwriter Ahmed Ag Kaedy returns to the origins of Tuareg folk with sessions of stripped down solo acoustic guitar. Mellow pentatonic notes dance over plaintive vocals, intimate and close mic'd, endearing in their simplicity. Drifting from melancholic ballads and pleas for peace, "Akaline Kidal" is a politically charged and poignant recording for a community ripped apart by division and civil war.
    Format
    LP
    Release-Datum
    01.03.2019
    EAN
    EAN 0602318136794
     
  • 01. Seremende
    02. Ha-Madi
    03. Moussa
    04. Kaira
    05. Djonol
    06. N'na
    07. Dioula
    08. Hadjiatu Mari N'Djaye
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    KOITE, SOURAKATA

    En Hollande

    [engl] Senegalese kora master Sourakata Koite began music from pretty much day one. "All the Koite are musicians!," he says. Indeed he is a member of a family of djeli (or griot in french), the hereditary caste of musician-storyteller-historians in West Africa. After moving to Paris in the late 70s he began to play in different bands and for musicians like Manu Dibango, Toure Kounda, Mangala, Mah Damba and more. During a festival in Holland, a music producer form Plexus Records heard him and asked to make a recording. In 1984 in an old chicken coop near Delft, Koite recorded the entire album in one take, including overdubs. The rich sonics and deep sound beautifully presents Koite's virtuosic and entrancing renditions of traditional and original tunes. With the reissue of en Hollande, Awesome Tapes From Africa continues its mission of bringing tapes posted on the ATFA website over the years, including this one, to music fans all over the world.
    Format
    LP
    Release-Datum
    18.01.2019
    EAN
    EAN 0843563109885
     
  • Hé Ténéré [1 Guitar Version]
    Imuhar
    Amidinine
    Intidgagen
    Azamane Tiliade
    Illillagh Tenere
    Adounia
    Tazidert
    Ahar Azamane
    Hé Ténéré [2 Guitars Version]
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    BOMBINO

    Agamgam 2004

    Das Album des nigrischen Gitarristen und Sängers erschien 2004 und war bis dato nur digital erhältlich. Seitdem hat sich allerhand für Bombino getan, vorläufiger Höhepunkt war 2013 das von Dan Auerbach (Black Keys) produzierte Album "Nomad", das Bombino über Weltmusikkreise hinaus bekannt machte. Zu dem in Nashville aufgenommenen "Nomad" ist "Agamgam 2004" ein wunderschöner Kontrast: Tuareg-Musik in ihrer reinsten und ursprünglichsten Form. Die zehn Tracks entstanden mit Freunden am Lagerfeuer in der Ténéré-Wüste. Neben eigenen Kompositionen verneigt sich Bombino vor anderen Tuareg-Künstlern wie Abdallah Oumbadougou und Hasso Kedou. Das 180-Gramm-Vinyl ist remastert und erscheint im Klappcover.
    Format
    LP
    Release-Datum
    25.07.2014
    EAN
    EAN 4030433601310
     
  • 01. Eghass Malan
    02. Inssegh Inssegh
    03. Imigradan
    04. Jori
    05. Tihilele
    06. Abadrarass
    07. Telillite
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    LES FILLES DE ILLIGHADAD

    Eghass Malan

    Fatou Seidi Ghali ist die wahrscheinlich erste Gitarristin unter den nordwestafrikanischen Touareg und Bandleaderin der Formation Les Filles de Illighadad. Wie der Name durchblicken lässt, handelt es sich hier um eine Frauenband, deren Mitglieder aus Illighadad stammen. Die kleine, von der Welt abgeschiedene Gemeinde liegt am Rande der Sahara in Niger. Hier kommt eigentlich niemand mal so zufällig vorbei, und umgekehrt gibt es selten einen Anlass für die Bewohner Illighadads, das ländliche Heimatdorf zu verlassen. Umso erstaunlicher, wie modern "Eghass Malan" klingt. Nach dem gleichnamigen, 2016 live vor Ort von Sahel-Sounds-Chef Christopher Kirkley aufgenommenen Debüt ist "Eghass Malan" das erste Studioalbum. Es erscheint beim selben Label und wurde im Anschluss der ersten Europatournee der Frauen ganz direkt und ohne nennenswerte Verwendung von Effekten aufgenommen. So blieb der rohe, charmant-spontane und authentisch-originäre Gestus, der die Songs von Les Filles de Illighadad auszeichnet, erhalten. Hypnotische Gitarrenriffs, rasante, vorzugsweise auf der Zweihandtrommel Tende gespielte Rhythmen, Klatschen und polyphoner Gesang bilden dabei das Gerüst für sieben Stücke, die heimische Traditionen so organisch wie natürlich an die westliche Welt anschließen.
    Format
    LP
    Release-Datum
    09.02.2018
    EAN
    EAN 4030433690116
     
  • 01. Falaw
    02. Bbni
    03. Foret
    04. A Tara
    05. Tolobana
    06. Indienfoli
    07. Kodouma
    08. Badjan
    09. Djessou
    10. Sitanba
    11. Deli
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    LUKA PRODUCTIONS

    Falaw

    [engl] Luka Productions presents Falaw, an innovative take on West African Hip Hop and sample-based folktronica. A follow up from the acclaimed Malian "new age" inspired Fasokan (2017), Luka Guindo turns his focus to the rich cultural heritage of Manding music. Eschewing wholly PC-based sequencing, Falaw invites a number of traditional performers to join him in the studio. Griots recount sage stories over Luka's sweeping synth pads while Ngonis shred pentatonic solos to the crash of sequenced drum samples. Paying homage to the storyteller, combined with regional styles of lyrical Hip Hop, Falaw offers advice on modern living, with heartfelt songs about loss, love, and life. The effect is both otherworldly while seemingly organic. In a genre where all too often the "modern" is synonymous with outsider collaborators, Falaw is a groundbreaking entry into homemade fourth world and a sign of future Malian music to come.
    Format
    LP
    Release-Datum
    24.05.2019
    EAN
    EAN 0602318136831
     
  • 01. Kamane Tarhanin
    02. Asshet Akal
    03. Inizgam
    04. Anna
    05. Takamba
    06. Tarhatazed
    07. Wiwasharnine
    08. Ilana
    09. Tumastin
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    MOCTAR, MDOU

    Ilana (The Creator)

    [engl] Born in a nomad camp in Niger and now a leading figure of desert rock, Mdou Moctar has enjoyed one of quickest rises to success. In contrast to the polished style of Imarhan or Bombino, Mdou Moctar trades in unrelenting gritty rock and has no qualms about going full shred. But Mdou's success is not confined to guitar theatrics alone. From his experiments in autotune, DIY field recordings, to a starring role in a Saharan remake of Purple Rain, Mdou stands out amongst his peers. Tuareg guitar has rock music in its genes, owing as much to traditional desert ballads as 70s classic rock. Mdou doubles down on these origins, pushing Tuareg guitar into an ever louder direction. If early innovators looked to Mark Knopfler, Mdou has an affinity with Eddie Van Halen. Recorded in Detroit at the tail end of a tour, the band jumped right into frenetic non-stop sessions. Accompanied by an all-star band with Ahmoudou Madassane's lighting fast rhythm guitar, Aboubacar Mazawa dje machine gun drums, and Micheal Coltun's supportive low-end bass, Ilana (English: The Creator) captures the spirit of an Agadez wedding, a studio recording with just the right amount of grit.
    Format
    LP
    Release-Datum
    29.03.2019
    EAN
    EAN 0602318136862
     
  • 01. Intro
    02. Hali Diallo
    03. Super Continue
    04. Adernibah
    05. Khomeissa
    06. Ami Cisse
    07. Kanji
    08. Kalitay
    09. Abacabok
    10. Chebiba
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    TALLAWIT TIMBOUCTOU

    Hali Diallo

    [engl] Tallawit Timbouctou are champions of takamba, a hypnotic traditional music from Northern Mali. Built around the tehardent, the four stringed lute and pre-cursor to the American banjo, takamba's droning distortion comes from signature handmade mics and blown out amplifiers. Accompanied by percussion pounded out onto an overturned calabash with mind boggling time signatures, the combined effect is trance inducing. This is the music that long ruled the North of Mali, performed at festivities, blasting out of dusty boomboxes, and beaming out from village radio stations. Its origin is shrouded in mystery, and though purportedly dating back to the Songhai Empire of the 15th century, takamba's heyday was in the 1980s, with the introduction of amplification. Musicians found a lucrative circuit, performing in elegant weddings, creating cassettes on demand, and writing songs for their wealthy patrons. Today takamba has fallen out of popular fashion with the youth, but continues to thrive in a small network of die-hard traditionalists. Band leader Aghaly Ag Amoumine is one of the remaining renowned takamba musicians. Descended from a long line of praise singers, he spent decades traveling across the Sahel, performing in remote nomad camps and crowded West African capitals. His compositions continue to circulate today and have become part of the folk repertoire. His group Tallawit Timbouctou, based in the city of the same name, continues in the family tradition, and has featured both his brother and nephew as accompanying members. Recorded at home in Timbouctou, "Hali Diallo" is a relentless and nonstop recording, true to the form of takamba. Tracks blend seamlessly into one another, instruments are tuned mid-song, and Aghaly only pauses singing long enough for the occasional shout-out or dedication. Unfiltered and direct as it's meant to be heard, Tallawit Timbouctou is a shining example of one of the last great takamba bands.
    Format
    LP
    Release-Datum
    02.11.2018
    EAN
    EAN 0843563107829
     
  • 01. Outamachek
    02. Amidini
    03. Aicha
    04. Tamiditin
    05. Aratane N' Adagh
    06. Tidite Tille
    07. Tahoult
    08. Alhoriya
    09. Adagh
    10. Adounia Mahegagh
    11. Toumastin
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    TAMIKREST

    Adagh

    Für Tamikrest gilt der schöne Satz: Tradition bedeutet nicht, die Asche aufzubewahren, sondern das Feuer am brennen zu halten. Gegründet 2006 sind Tamikrest die adoptierten, "spirituellen Söhne" der berühmten Tuareg-Band Tinariwen. Die sieben Musiker aus Kidal, Mali, allesamt Anfang 20, führen mit dem hypnotischen Groove und den intensiven Songs ihres Debüts "Adagh" die Tradition in die Zukunft. Die Songs von Tamikrest atmen die Magie und Faszination der Wüste, künden aber auch von der harten politischen Realität und dem nicht enden wollenden Kampf um Freiheit und Selbstbestimmung. Chris Eckman (The Walkabouts, Dirtmusic) ist es als Produzent gelungen, auf der im berühmten Studio Bogolan in Bamako entstandenen Platte die Weite, Klarheit, aber auch den Druck von Tamikrests Musik einzufangen. So entstand auch klanglich ein herausragendes Album, das jedem High-End-Freund Tränen in die Augen treiben wird. Tamikrests Debüt ist zweifellos ein Meilenstein der afrikanischen Rockmusik. Das 16-seitige Booklet erscheint mit englischen und französischen Texten.
    Format
    LP
    Release-Datum
    06.08.2010
    EAN
    EAN 4030433770313
     
  • 01. Tisnant an Chatma
    02. Tamiditin
    03. Fassous Tarahnet
    04. Itous
    05. Achaka Achail Aynaian Daghchilan
    06. Outamachek
    07.Aratan N Tinariwen
    08. Aratane N' Adagh
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    TAMIKREST

    Taksera

    Format
    LP
    Release-Datum
    17.04.2015
    EAN
    EAN 4030433602218
     
  • 01. Tizarate
    02. Fassous Tarahnet
    03. Nak Amadjar Nidounia
    04. Aratan N Tinariwen
    05. Ayitma Madjam
    06. Aidjan Adaky
    07. Addektegh
    08. Tarhamanine Assinegh
    09. Nak Akaline Tinza (Tinzaouatene)
    10. Tidit
    11. Dihad Tedoun Itran
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    TAMIKREST

    Toumastin

    Mali hat sich mit Popstars wie Amadou & Mariam, Salif Keita und Habib Koité, mit Ali Farka Touré und Toumani Diabaté als Musikland längst einen Namen gemacht. Doch in Westafrika gibt es nicht nur große Stars, auch junge Bands dringen zunehmend ins internationale Bewusstsein. Wie etwa das Septett Tamikrest, das mit "Toumastin" sein zweites Album veröffentlicht. Schon mit dem Vorgänger "Adagh" haben sie 2010 ein weltweit viel beachtetes Zeichen gesetzt. Auf ihrem zweiten Album "Toumastin" gewinnen die Tuareg-Rebellen ihrem eigenen Universum aus Rock und traditionellen Tönen nun völlig neue Farben ab. Über ihren afrikanischen Blues schlagen Tamikrest die Brücke zu wesentlich aktuelleren musikalischen Zuständen wie hypnotischem Dub, psychedelischem Funk oder einer Art bislang unerhörter Desert Garage. Die Gitarren werden offensiver, die Grooves treibender. Obwohl sich ihre Gesänge in der Stammessprache Tamascheq durch die Gitarrenriffs schlängeln wie eine Karawane auf ihrer Reise durch die Zeiten, umarmt die Band mit ihrem reichen Fundus an Tradition auch die Verheißungen der Zukunft.
    Format
    LP
    Release-Datum
    22.04.2011
    EAN
    EAN 4030433772119