|Sidh / Lila|
|Add Date:||2007-10-28||Pull Date:||2007-12-30||Charts:||Reggae/World|
|Week Ending:||23 Dec||25 Nov||11 Nov||4 Nov|
|1.||Dec 16, 2007:||New World Disorder |
La Ilah Illa Allah
|3.||Nov 04, 2007:||New World Disorder |
La Ilah Illa Allah
|2.||Nov 21, 2007:||Erin is Disorderly |
|4.||Oct 30, 2007:||radio randomulance |
Djilala, La Ilah Illa Allah, Hasna
Sidh – Lila|
Reviewed by Sadie O., 10/23/07
New take on traditional Gnawa, incorporating rather jazzy sax/flute and hints of other European elements. Sidh is a young Algerian who plays the very traditional single-stringed instrument that forms the bass and a lot of the base for Gnawa, and sings beautifully. There’s quite a range from very trad to quite jazzy, but the call and response vocals are very rootsy. Mellow, pretty stuff.
No FCCs detected – all in Arabic. I like 6-8 best.
1. **quiet intro, just single stringed instrument. Hand drums and other instruments and voices join gradually. Mostly traditional Gnawa, but without the trademark clackers. Nice sax, a bit of bouzouki (?), very non-Gnawa. Speeds up like crazy at end.
2. **very restrained single string and single voice, again adding instruments. Quite mellow, but with jazzy sax and guitar. Rather a strange beauty. Again speeds up at end.
3. *solo sax intro, then hand drums and guitar – very mellow, blending together quite a few musical traditions. Rather a folky feel, mostly just the vocals are clearly from the Arabic tradition.
4. **bit of laughing intro, then Gnawa chant and hand claps. Even the sax is in the Gnawa unison call and response groove for much of the song.
5. **just the single stringed instrument (guembri?) and single voice, which is rather nice.
6. ***loping midtempo groove and clackers, classic Gnawa sound. Lyrics are the basic affirmation of Moslem faith. You can really hear what a nice combination of voices these guys have.
7. ***traditional horn and clackers. The sax seems the only non-traditional element. Very interesting stringed instrument in midsong. Long song, all sorts of interesting things happen, like vocals in unison with jazz sax…
8. ***VERY soft plucked string intro, then solo flute. Builds very gradually with call and response and a handful of instruments, subtle and pretty. Continues to build energy and a bit of speed throughout, gets jazzy in last minute or so.
9. *solo vocals, sounds like recitation of the Quran. Fantastic voice.
|2.||Salla Nabina||6.||La Ilah Illa Allah|
|4.||Tura||8.||Bahammu - Hammuda|