Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1. Previous page. Guitars From Agadez, Vol. Audio CD. Ilana the Creator. Guitars from Agadez Music of Niger , Vol. Group Bombino. Next page. Check out our turntable store for a great selection of turntables, needles, accessories, and more. Amazon Business: Make the most of your Amazon Business account with exclusive tools and savings.
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It also analyzes reviews to verify trustworthiness. Top reviews Most recent Top reviews. Top reviews from the United States. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. Verified Purchase. To western ears, the music may resemble North African versions of 60's garage bands. Unfortunately lost to listeners like myself, who find this genre musically addictive, is the fact that most of these songs are protest songs of Tuareg rebellion and the desire of these people to maintain a cultural and political identity.
These are live, non-studio recordings and sometimes the vocals fade in the mix, but the guitars are always prominent. The band is featured on Vol. One person found this helpful. If you like the "Desert Blues" sound of bands such as Tinariwen, you may very well like this recording.
However," Guitars from Agadez", unlike Tinariwen, is not the sound of a high-end studio recording. It's more live and rawer sounding; kind of like a Fat Possum take on desert blues. The grooves are also not as varied as Tinariwen.
After repeated listening however, I have come to appreciate a sort of stylistic purity that "Guitars from Agadez" offers. I also like the fact that a western-style drum set is featured as the main percussion instrument. One can really get a feel for how the traditional rhythms of the Sahara translate to the drum kit.
However, one drawback to this recording is the ululation that punctuates every stanza. You get some of that with Tinariwen, but there's quite a bit of that in "Guitars from Agadez. You get plenty of those bluesy trance-inducing licks. All in all, a great addition to your "Desert Blues" collection. I came to this via Tinariwen, whose disc I love, and whose hypnotic performance at Coachella this year blew me away.
This disc is much rawer and more lo-fi than Tinariwen's, and to my ears, less interesting. I'm all for unadorned "on location" recordings, but the playing and sound quality on this one didn't do it for me. Love this album. It is the one to get out of their Sublime Frequencies releases so far.
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