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Erraji, Hassan / Awal Mara (Love At First Sight)
Album:Awal Mara (Love At First Sight) Collection:World
Artist:Erraji, Hassan Added:08/2011
Label:World Village/ Harmonia Mundi 

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Add Date:2011-09-11 Pull Date:2011-11-13 Charts:Reggae/World
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Album Review
Abu Ramses
Reviewed 2011-08-23 
Hassan Erraji, Awal Mara (Love at First Sight); World Village 2010
ALL TRACKS FCC LEAN Reviewed by Abu Ramses

Blind Moroccan singer Hassan Erraji also plays oud (Arabic lute), ney (flute), qanun, violin, keyboards & hand drums. Now lives in Leeds (UK). Erraji returns after a decade off with this mostly upbeat hybrid fusion of Afro-Gnawa-Berber- Jimi Hendrix. A rich, professional, but relaxed, baritone voice; luscious melodies solid riffs & overdubbed instrumental work. Ben Stephens on drums; Kenny Higgins on bass. Backing vocals by his daughter Yasmin on 1, 2, 9. Produced by Dave Creffield (Kaiser Chiefs). Every track has great energy.

Try: 1, 2, 5, 6, 7, 9 (Really, any of them, but 3 and 10 seem out of place)

Tracks
1. Awal Mara – (Love at first sight) Upbeat; Shows full range of album’s instrumentation - 3:58
2. Saraha (Frankly) – Driving musical intro; call and response blend - 3:30
3. Mounyati - (My Mounya) Violin-backed Arabic country hoe-down -3:36
4. Haili Ayouma (Oh Dear Where Has My Love Gone?) – Upbeat violin solos; vocal & instrumental response -4:33
5. Samitat Ajam – (Instrumental in 'Ajam mode/maqam) Flute & strings; very fresh sound - 4:17
6. Safir – Hand claps, more typical “Arab” sound - 3:46
7. Blani Alhawa (When she comes walking, watch out. A burning sun, hot hot hot) – Upbeat blend of strings, Berber rhythm with Celtic tones - 4:25
8. Akhadh Aqli (Took my mind)– Mid-tempo ballad with qanun solos - 2:54
9. Malak (Angel)– Soaring violin riffs - 3:53
10. Douka Dance – Presto; Arabic embellishments on what could be an English folk theme; shake your booty - 3:05

Track Listing
1.Awal Mara (Love At First Sight) 6.Safir
2.Saraha (Frankly) 7.Blani Alhawa (When She Comes Walking, Watch Out!)
3.Mounyati (My Mounya) 8.Akadh Aqli (Took My Mind)
4.Haili Ayouma (Oh Dear, Where Has My Love Gone?) 9.Malak (Angel)
5.Samitat Ajam (Instrumental In 'ajam Mode/Maqam) 10.Douka Dance