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Desert Crossroads

  • 1. Saghmar N Nanna
    2. Kel Tamasheck
    3. Iguefan
    4. Tea Ceremony I
    5. Jama'aare
    6. Tekana
    7. Ganyo Maada
    8. Soto
    9. Asistan
    10. Bagui's Soundscape
    11. Gaynaako
    12. Alghalem Taxat
    13. Tea Ceremony II
    14. Amidinine
    15. Naanaaye
    16. Tea Ceremony II (Isserien)
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 330048

  • Credits
    ProducerPaul Borg; Paul Borg
    EngineerSandor Jozsa

    Etran Finatawa: Alhousseini Mohamed Anivolla (vocals, guitar, bass instrument, background vocals); Ghalitane Khamidoune (vocals, guitar, background vocals); Bagui Bouga (vocals, flute, background vocals); Bammo Agonla (vocals, hand claps, background vocals); Zaid Ag Abdoul Jamil, Mamane Tankari (background vocals).
    Audio Mixer: Paul Borg.
    Liner Note Author: Paul Borg.
    Recording information: Livingston Studios, London, England.
    The sounds of the Sahara desert sift into your stereo with DESERT CROSSROADS. The album presents Etran Finatwa, a group formed by musicians from the Wodaabe and Tuareg tribes, two nomadic bands of desert dwellers. In the wake of fellow Tuareg group Tinariwen's worldwide popularity, Etran Finatwa's music was marketed to the West, but it's a horse of a different color. More acoustic-oriented and traditional-sounding (even if not strictly traditional), it bears the echoes of people who have drifted across the Saharan sands and grasslands for longer than anyone can recall. Over pounding percussion and tartly picked riffs that could only be described as bluesy, voices wail, sometimes alone, sometimes in group chants, telling tales of a life most of the world can barely envision.

  • Critic Reviews
    Rolling Stone (p.71) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "[T]hey strip down the hypnotic Tuareg guitar style of regional bands like scene-rulers Tinariwen and newcomers Toumast, often to a single electric circling an acoustic..."
    Uncut (p.94) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "Traditional healing songs and ceremonial interludes add to the sense of unadorned authenticity."
    The Wire (p.65) - "As the disc progresses, its approaches become more varied and extreme, with a cappella vocal sections, exposed voice/guitar moments and traditional tea ceremony interludes."
    Dirty Linen (p.50) - "[A]n interesting recording that reflects a meeting of two cultures."
    Global Rhythm (Publication) (p.45) - "Niger's Etran Finatawa have toned down the electricity of their first album without sacrificing an ounce of vigor for their sophomore effort."
    Mojo (Publisher) (p.113) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "With both Tuareg and Wodaabe members, the group's sound resembles the acoustic blues of Tinariwen's debut album..."
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