Etran Finatawa / Desert Crossroads
Album:Desert Crossroads Collection:World
Artist:Etran Finatawa Added:Apr 2008
Label:Riverboat Records 

A-File Activity
Add Date:2008-08-10 Pull Date:2008-10-12 Charts:Reggae/World
Week Ending:Oct 12Oct 5Sep 28Sep 21Sep 14Sep 7Aug 31Aug 17

Recent Airplay
1.Oct 10, 2008:Memory Select
Saghmar N Nanna
4.Sep 30, 2008:At the Cafe Bohemian
Ganyo Maada
2.Oct 07, 2008:Deep Fried and Sanctified
Kel Tamasheck
5.Sep 24, 2008:Rorshach's Dance
Kel Tamasheck
3.Oct 07, 2008:At the Cafe Bohemian
Ganyo Maada
6.Sep 16, 2008:At the Cafe Bohemian
Ganyo Maada

Album Review
Craig Matsumoto
Reviewed 2008-07-26 
Music of nomadic Saharan peoples, plus guitars that add a blues/cajun touch. Lots of African group call-and-response kinds of vocals and plenty of percussion (of course!). The guitars aren't virtuoso perfection but have a great sound.
Not a novelty act; this is quite African/World sounding.

1- Spoken intro, then a snappy paced song
2- Kind of a blues/rock ramble. Catchy.
3- Country/folk acoustic
4- A bit of bluesy ramble
5- Kind of a cajun-jam feel
6- Catchy; some nice jangly guitar work
7- Bouncy and fun, midtempo. Definite cajun touch on guitar.
8- Low-key, with some nifty acoustic guitar work
9- Melodic; a peaceful bounce
10- Crazy off-kilter reed sounds
11- Happy chant
12- Nice swampy guitar licks
13- Deep vocal, percussion, some spoken chatter.
14- A lighter, gentle sound (less percussion)
15- Chant led by a high vocal. Percussion, no guitars.
16- Short bluesy fadeout

Track Listing
1.Saghmar N Nanna 9.Asistan
2.Kel Tamasheck 10.Bagui's Soundscape
3.Iguefan 11.Gaynaako
4.Tea Ceremony 1 12.Alghalem Taxat
5.Jama'aare 13.Tea Ceremony 2
6.Tekana 14.Amidinine
7.Ganyo Maada 15.Naanaaye
8.Soto 16.Tea Ceremony 3