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All Music Guide - Chris Nickson
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Chris Nickson
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/4/2008
  • Label: Real World
  • UPC: 884108014325
  • Catalog Number: 148
  • Sales rank: 176,475

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Ikalane Walegh (5:00)
  2. 2 Tallyatidagh (5:48)
  3. 3 Innulamane (4:47)
  4. 4 Ammilana (5:43)
  5. 5 Ezeref (3:11)
  6. 6 Dounia (6:38)
  7. 7 Maraou Oran (5:31)
  8. 8 Kik Ayittma (7:27)
  9. 9 Amidinine (6:05)
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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, Djembe, Group Member
Vanessa Meneret Viola, Group Member
Dan Lévy Bass, Guitar, Percussion, Drums, Keyboards, Soprano Saxophone, Background Vocals, Darbouka, Double Bass, Djembe, fender rhodes, Group Member
Akemi Toyama Violin, Group Member
Ramoutal Tsur Cello, Group Member
Technical Credits
Moussa A.G. Keyna Composer
Lisa Roze Cover Photo
Nadia Belalimat Liner Notes
Monte Cristo Executive Producer
Endi Contributor
Hubert Marniau Mastering
Carin Möckli translation
Dan Lévy Arranger, Producer, Engineer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Beautiful Sounds 3

    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!!

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