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Ishumar
     

Ishumar

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by Toumast
 
They've got those ol' Tuareg blues again, mama, and, as with other bands from the area, it's like listening to some excellent, rootsy rock & roll. The duo of Toumast might be quite primitive (although fleshed out on disc) compared to some of their compatriots, but there's no denying they possess a primal power. Leader Moussa Ag Keyna has

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They've got those ol' Tuareg blues again, mama, and, as with other bands from the area, it's like listening to some excellent, rootsy rock & roll. The duo of Toumast might be quite primitive (although fleshed out on disc) compared to some of their compatriots, but there's no denying they possess a primal power. Leader Moussa Ag Keyna has served time in Tinariwen, and it shows in the grooves the band creates, which are deep and relentless. However, the problem with that, especially without multiple guitars to create layers of sound, is that it can become repetitive very quickly, and Toumast seem to establish a formula of starting with a guitar figure before plunging headlong into the song. That means "Dounia" and "Amidinine," which bring in keyboards (and acoustic guitar on the latter) tend to stand out and vary the pace a little, to excellent effect. Keyna is an effective, if basic, guitarist, and Aminatou Goumar provides a great foil with a strong desert voice and thundering percussion. Taken on its own terms, this is an excellent album; unfortunately, it can't help but be compared to Tinariwen, the Rolling Stones of the genre, and anything is going to suffer in comparison. Good, and with potential, but they'll need to develop a more individual sound to stand out.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/04/2008
Label:
Real World
UPC:
0884108014325
catalogNumber:
148
Rank:
110918

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Toumast   Primary Artist
Frédérico Alagna   Bass,Guitar,Group Member
Bady Alhassan   Background Vocals,Darbouka,Djembe,Group Member
Loran Brunet   Pandeiro,Group Member
Endi   Group Member
Aminatou Goumar   Bass,Vocals,Darbouka,Rap,Djembe,Group Member
Vanessa Meneret   Viola,Group Member
Dan Lévy   Bass,Guitar,Percussion,Drums,Bass Guitar,Keyboards,Soprano Saxophone,Background Vocals,Darbouka,Double Bass,Djembe,fender rhodes,Group Member
Akemi Toyama   Violin,Group Member
Ramoutal Tsur   Cello,Group Member
Moussa Ag Kenya   Vocals

Technical Credits

Moussa A.G. Keyna   Composer
Lisa Roze   Cover Photo
Nadia Belalimat   Liner Notes
Monte Cristo   Executive Producer
Endi   Contributor
Carin Möckli   translation
Dan Lévy   Arranger,Producer,Engineer

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Ishumar 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
When I first hear this album I was a bit skeptic about going any further because my love for world music is so blazing I love hearing different and new sounds. However, listening to this album in it's entirety got me hooked...I love it!!