Jul 9, 2013

RhoDeo 1327 Roots

Hello, after 2 years of reggae/dub it's time to return to where our human history started, Africa, thus it's safe to say our musical history started there as well.  Today and the coming weeks we'll find ourselves in an environment that gave rise to the worlds monotheistic religions be it on the Arabian peninsula, here we stay in the Saharan/Sahel band stretching from the west-atlantic coast to the highlands of Ethiopia in the east of the continent, a vast area where fresh water tends to come at a premium , where the sun is burning down during daytime and nighttime can be cold, where the moon is the sole light source apart from the warming campfires. Is it any surprise then that singing and making music together lifted the spirits of those gathering in these desolate landscapes.  For the coming weeks your place at the campfire is available   ...N'joy

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Ambiances du Sahara, released in '96, was a huge hit that lingered on Europe's world-music charts for months. Depending upon your musical tastes you may find this album either inaccessible or magical. It's incredible how you can fully appreciate the visceral power of the music from sub-Saharan Africa, it can be transcendental when it's good Assembled here are a brilliant cast of musicians to introduce non-African listeners to the power & diversity of sounds in the vast, northern zones of the continent. There is no ambient blur or incidental sounds one might anticipate from 'ethnic', unsophisticated field recordings. The 'blues' moniker is probably more a marketing decision, albeit the neatly slotted inclusions of Taj Mahal & Ry Cooder, household names to affiacandos. This double CD, well in excess of 2 hours, rings clear, and what voices are showcased !

Desert Blues 1 - Ambiances du Sahara (1) (flac  386mb)

01 Hamza El Din - Mwashah 3:42
02 Oumou Sangare - Saa Magni 7:34
03 Youssou N'Dour - Sama Guent Guii 5:18
04 Baly Othmani and Steve Shehan - Eilan Akabar Warigazaz 7:57
05 Ali Farka Toure and Ry Cooder - Diaraby 7:24
06 Aster Aweke - Y'Shebellu 7:25
07 Baaba Maal - Samba 5:42
08 Abdel Gadir Salim - Almaryood 4:46
09 Mahmoud Ahmed - Ere Mela Mela/Meche Neu 8:00
10 Tata Dindin - Duniya 5:22
11 Abou Djouba - Tono 4:21
12 Kante Manfila - Agne Anko 4:38

Desert Blues 1 - Ambiances du Sahara (1)  (ogg 177mb)


Desert Blues 1 - Ambiances du Sahara (2)  (flac  363mb)

01 Hassan Hakmoun and Adam Rudolph - Ma'Bud Allah 5:59
02 Dimi Mint Abba - Ashabab Yidie Shabab Aldual 5:44
03 Baaba Maal - Yero Mama 4:38
04 Abdel Gadir Salim - Umri Ma Bansa 8:51
05 Ali Farka Toure and Taj Mahal - Roucky 8:12
06 Ensemble El Moukhadrami - Beyt Bieh 4:15
07 Tata Dindin - Sakhadougou 5:41
08 Baly Othmani and Steve Shehan - Kel Akalin 8:04
09 Sali Sidibe - Ntanan 7:05
10 Abou Djouba - Jaarou 5:39
11 Sona Diabaté - M'Boré 6:07

Desert Blues 1 - Ambiances du Sahara (2) (ogg 168mb)

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santino said...

Thank you very much--excellent comp!

Anonymous said...


Can you please re-upload this comp?

Thanks before!

Anonymous said...

Dear Mr. Rho!
I love the Sahara Blues, can please re-up

Desert Blues 1 - Ambiances du Sahara (1) flac
Desert Blues 1 - Ambiances du Sahara (2) flac

Thank you