CD Abdel Hadi Halo & the El Gusto Orchestra of Algiers [Digipak] (CD 1224552),
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Abdel Hadi Halo & the El Gusto Orchestra of Algiers [Digipak]

  • 1. Win Saadi - (French)
    2. Fatouma
    3. Fi Bahr el Hob Mwadji, Kifash Nwassi - (French)
    4. Min Yaati Kalbou Lil Melah
    5. Lalla Fatima
    6. Mal Djifni
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 32

  • Credits
    ProducerDamon Albarn

    Personnel: Sofiane Saidi (banjo); Abdel Hadi Halo (piano).
    Audio Mixer: Moritz von Oswald.
    Recording information: Honest Jon's, Algiers, LA (10/2006).
    Photographer: Jackie King.
    This 31-piece Algerian chaabi ensemble includes multiple vocalists, drummers, oud-players, flautists, string musicians, and a piano--the latter played by musical director Abdel Hadi Halo, son of chaabi pioneer Hadj El Anka. This spectacular recording session was assembled as a reunion of some of chaabi's greatest vets, and was also filmed for a documentary, in the manner of the Buena Vista Social Club. The long, mesmerizing songs are high on drama, but never lapse into melodrama, and feature virtuosic instrumentation that will appeal to world music fans of all stripes.

  • Critic Reviews
    The Wire (p.69) - "[R]oiling, loose-limbed and furious all at once. Its emotional canvas is as broad as a barn door, ranging from the solemn stuff of liturgy through ramping intensity that brings to mind a great qawwali band in fifth gear."
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