Honeysuckle (Mesk Elil)

Honeysuckle (Mesk Elil)

by Souad Massi
     
 

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The eagerly anticipated third album from Algerian singer-songwriter Souad Massi consolidates her strengths in a satisfying way, while pushing the limits of the beautiful music she makes. For example, Massi’s voice is a light and fluttering thing, but on “Inspiration (Ilham),” she fairly roars. Pushed to the edge of its range, her voice keens like that of a sub-Saharan

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The eagerly anticipated third album from Algerian singer-songwriter Souad Massi consolidates her strengths in a satisfying way, while pushing the limits of the beautiful music she makes. For example, Massi’s voice is a light and fluttering thing, but on “Inspiration (Ilham),” she fairly roars. Pushed to the edge of its range, her voice keens like that of a sub-Saharan griot. She’s actually inspired by the hard-rocking music of the nomadic Tuaregs, but either way, it’s an exhilarating discovery. African music in general is more pronounced on Honeysuckle, with guitarists Djely Moussa Kouyate and Daby Touré joining Massi’s six-string attack, and percussionist Mino Cinelu accenting the Arabic rhythms with djembe and udu drums. The flamenco inclinations of “Soon (Kilyoum)” give the album an intriguingly diasporic sound, traveling from West Africa across the Sahara to Spain and back. While she sings most of the album in Arabic, Massi tries on some English in a duet with Pascal Danaé, a globe-traveling singer-songwriter currently based in Paris, and acquits herself nicely. For this artist, who so elegantly straddles many worlds, a song like “I Won’t Forget My Roots (Menensa Asli)” is fitting. Grounded in Arabic and African music, Souad Massi cultivates those roots into fragrant blossoms like Honeysuckle.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/15/2005
Label:
Wrasse Records
UPC:
0875232005624
catalogNumber:
170

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Souad Massi   Primary Artist,Guitar,Background Vocals
Mino Cinelu   Percussion,Djembe,Cajon,Udu,Hand Drums
Guy N'Sangue   Bass
Laurent Vernerey   Double Bass
Pascal Danaé   Guitar,Background Vocals
Rabah Khalfa   Tambourine,Background Vocals,Bendir,Derboukha
Jean-René Zapha   Background Vocals
Abdelhamid Hmaoui   Ney
Marie Jeanne Serrero   Strings
Jean-Louis Solans   Guitar
Daby Touré   Guitar
Sébastien Surel   Violin
Jean Francois Kellner   Guitar
Emma Savouret   Cello
Paul Radais   Viola
Mohammed Benis   Violin
Edouardo Lubo   Cello
Floriane Bonnani   Violin

Technical Credits

Pascal Danaé   Arranger
Souad Massi   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Marie Jeanne Serrero   String Arrangements
Jean Lamoot   Arranger,Producer,Engineer
Jean-Louis Solans   Arranger
Daby Touré   Composer
Nicolas Gautier   Art Direction
Benjamin Joubert   Arranger
Jean Francois Kellner   Arranger

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