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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
Frankly, it's kind of hard, on a cursory listen, to distinguish this mix of Moroccan and Western elements from similar material that's been issued by other acts on the Barbarity label including Aisha Kandisha's Jarring Effects, Ahlam, and Amira Saqati. Except, maybe, that this is on the whole blander. The traditional elements--the wailing vocals and the string instruments--hold a lot more interest than the routine electronic rhythms. That might be an unduly sour condemnation given that this sort of music is still in and of itself rather experimental within the Moroccan scene. But when you enter the international music community, you've also got to take into account ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
Frankly, it's kind of hard, on a cursory listen, to distinguish this mix of Moroccan and Western elements from similar material that's been issued by other acts on the Barbarity label including Aisha Kandisha's Jarring Effects, Ahlam, and Amira Saqati. Except, maybe, that this is on the whole blander. The traditional elements--the wailing vocals and the string instruments--hold a lot more interest than the routine electronic rhythms. That might be an unduly sour condemnation given that this sort of music is still in and of itself rather experimental within the Moroccan scene. But when you enter the international music community, you've also got to take into account that the standards become that much tougher. As pop-influenced world music goes, this simply isn't a standout.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/4/2003
  • Label: Barraka
  • UPC: 740042901124
  • Catalog Number: 11

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Amdaki (4:46)
  2. 2 Anouach (4:29)
  3. 3 Ajdig (5:02)
  4. 4 Tidbit (5:03)
  5. 5 Iguider (3:11)
  6. 6 Tillili (5:38)
  7. 7 Tssilim (4:13)
  8. 8 Raja (7:07)
  9. 9 Umlil (Ajdig) (3:56)
  10. 10 Ouartamund (4:52)
  11. 11 Arbalou (5:04)
  12. 12 Atbir (4:33)
  13. 13 Aissa Kilo (1:22)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Argan Primary Artist
Bill Laswell Voices
Abdelhadi Belkhayat Bass
Fido K. Electric Guitar
S'Mohamed Kbirr Violin, Ney
Pat Jabbar Keyboards, Sampling
Hassan Arouhal Banjo, Vocals
Omar Bouchenak Darbouka
Jalal Hamdaoui Darbouka
Mohamed Najah Vocals
Mohamed Marra Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Fido K. Programming, Artwork
Argan Composer
Brian Williams Arranger
Pat Jabbar Programming, Producer
Bombax Arranger, Programming, Producer
Mustapha Zrek Calligraphy
Mescal DSign Artwork
Jalal Hamdaoui Loop
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