La Kahena

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Mark Schwartz
San Francisco–based, Algerian-born electronic artist Cheb I Sabbah brings his minimalist production ethic to the music of his homeland on La Kahena, and turns the spotlight on a posse of ferocious female vocalists from Algeria, Morocco, Israel, and beyond. The world-traveling producer set up shop in Marrakesh to record artists such as the women's troupe B'net Marrakesh and gnawa trance vocalist Brahim Elbelkani, then took the results back to the States for collaboration with global dub wizard Bill Laswell (bass), Karsh Kale (drums), Richard Horowitz (Arab flute and keys), and others. Unlike most techno-minded globalists, Cheb I Sabbah doesn't let the 808s run roughshod...
See more details below
CD
$14.26
BN.com price
(Save 16%)$16.99 List Price

Pick Up In Store

Reserve and pick up in 60 minutes at your local store

Other sellers (CD)
  • All (4) from $3.25   
  • New (3) from $9.19   
  • Used (1) from $3.25   

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Mark Schwartz
San Francisco–based, Algerian-born electronic artist Cheb I Sabbah brings his minimalist production ethic to the music of his homeland on La Kahena, and turns the spotlight on a posse of ferocious female vocalists from Algeria, Morocco, Israel, and beyond. The world-traveling producer set up shop in Marrakesh to record artists such as the women's troupe B'net Marrakesh and gnawa trance vocalist Brahim Elbelkani, then took the results back to the States for collaboration with global dub wizard Bill Laswell (bass), Karsh Kale (drums), Richard Horowitz (Arab flute and keys), and others. Unlike most techno-minded globalists, Cheb I Sabbah doesn't let the 808s run roughshod over the rhythms. Often his contribution lies in tightening the freely flowing originals into something more streamlined and trance-inducing, and of course, layering it all into a psychedelic, bass-laden experience. Just off a trilogy of South Asian–themed albums, Sabbah's embrace of the more percussive North African traditions seems a be better fit: The production doesn't dumb down the music, it recontextualizes it for an audience that wouldn't likely tolerate poorly recorded field recordings. Tellingly, his version of "Im Ninalou," the Yemenite song made famous by Israeli star Ofra Haza, is altogether more spare than Haza's disco-pop. While his one-world approach seeks rapprochement between Arabs, Berbers, and Jews, it's likely the greater good of La Kahena will lie in the Western ears opened to these powerful voices of the Maghreb.
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/10/2005
  • Label: Six Degrees
  • UPC: 657036111127
  • Catalog Number: 36111
  • Sales rank: 107,397

Album Credits

Performance Credits
DJ Cheb i Sabbah Primary Artist
Bill Laswell Bass Guitar
Richard Horowitz Keyboards, Ney
Rufus Cappadocia Cello
Cheb Zahouani Vocals
Brahim el Belkani Vocals
Mercan Dede Ney
Khadidja Othmani Vocals
Karsh Kale Drums, Keyboards
Bouchaib Abdelhadi Hand Clapping, Bendir, Tar
Gaurav Raina Keyboards
Michal Cohen Vocals
B'net Marrakech Vocals
Ouled Ben Aguida Vocals
Nadia Vocals
Haddarates Vocals
Technical Credits
DJ Cheb i Sabbah Audio Production
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously