Honeysuckle (Mesk Elil)

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Barnes & Noble - Mark Schwartz
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Mark Schwartz
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/15/2005
  • Label: Wrasse Records
  • UPC: 875232005624
  • Catalog Number: 170
  • Sales rank: 127,287

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
Chris Athens Mastering
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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