Dok (cyberinsekt) wrote,

Afous d'Afous - Dounya Hi

I normally like my Saharan guitar music rough round the edges. If it doesn't sound like it was played with barely functioning instruments and recorded on a cellphone then I tend to get a bit sniffy about it. That's why it's so hard to come to terms with the fact that I rather enjoy the music of Algerian guitarist Kader Tarhanine and his band Afous d'Afous.

Dounya Hi comes from the 2917 release Tenere. It's rich, intricate music, and while some of it is rather too smoothly polished there's enough that has a little catch on the edges to keep it enjoyable. Vibrant sounds and songs sung with what sounds like real emotional openness. Apparently at home they're the most popular Tuareg guitar band, even beating out the likes of Tinariwen. You can definitely hear why.

Afous d'Afous - Dounya Hi
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