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The Journey * [Maryam Mursal]


  • 1. Lei Lei/I Feel Alone
    2. Kufilaw/Take Care
    3. Somali Udiida Ceb/Somalia, Don't Shame Yourself
    4. Sodewou/Welcome
    5. Hamar/the Big City
    6. Qax/Refugee
    7. Nin Hun/Bad Man
    8. Fejigno/Beware
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  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 884108006924

  • Credits
    ProducerMartin Russell; Soren Kjaer Jensen; Simon Emmerson
    EngineerMarco Migliari; Martin Russell

    Personnel: Maryam Mursal (vocals); Kasper Soderlund Jensen, Simon Emmerson (guitar); Salah Qasim (oud, background vocals); Kristian Jorgensen (violin); Kim Burton (accordion, grand piano); Torben Egeris (accordion); Soren Kjaer Jensen (keyboards, bass guitar, programming, background vocals); Lars Daugaard Nielsen (drum); Jacob Andersen, Hossam Ramzy (percussion); Turid Norlund Christensen, Abdi Nuur Allaleh, Kadra Dahir, Mohamed Ali "Kunail", Nima Yassin, Peter Gabriel, Sheikh Ahmed "Madey", Ashley Maher (background vocals).
    Arranger: Soren Kjaer Jensen.
    The music of Somalian Maryam Mursal is rooted in African rhythms, Islamic melodies, and contemporary electronic dance music. A worldbeat artist of the first order, Mursal fled fighting in her native Somalia to a Danish refugee camp, which soon brought her, through a series of connections, to Peter Gabriel's RealWorld label. THE JOURNEY showcases Mursal's remarkable vocals and musical vision through a series of pulsing, passionate tracks that are political, progressive, and pleasurable.

  • Critic Reviews
    Rolling Stone (6/11/98, p.121) - 3.5 Stars (out of 5) - "...the work of a Somalian singer, her six-voice backing choir, a Danish producer and his band, and several guest musicians....Mursal refuses to remain a prisoner of her native styles..."
    Vibe (3/98, p.144) - "...intoxicating brew of Afro beats and Chinese bluegrass, THE JOURNEY and Maryam Mursal swing beautifully. Twenty-first century global soul begins here."
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