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Samra
     

Samra

by Faudel
 
Faudel is the young successor to the crown of rai, waiting in line behind Khaled the King, and Cheb Mami the Crown Prince. But on the evidence of this, his time won't be too long in coming. Born and raised in France, he looks outward from the style to encompass other genres, like "Mantes-La

Overview

Faudel is the young successor to the crown of rai, waiting in line behind Khaled the King, and Cheb Mami the Crown Prince. But on the evidence of this, his time won't be too long in coming. Born and raised in France, he looks outward from the style to encompass other genres, like "Mantes-La Jolie," which moves firmly into Marvin Gaye's "Sexual Healing" territory, or "Rohi," which grafts 21st Century techno-funk onto rai (admittedly, not too successfully). "Salsa Raï," his duet with Yuri Buenaventura, works better, and illustrates the connections between the music and their wild flair. Vocally, he's at his best on songs like the sweeping "Couleurs de Tom Ame," with its swooning Arab strings, or the big ballad "Je Me Souviens," rather than the electro-pop textures of the title cut. But there's little doubt that as a singer, he's a star, and a major player in rai's future. One listen to the epic "Paris-Le Caire" is enough to convince; the album's final cut, and its most epic, it hews close to rai's Algerian roots in its sparse melody and desert beats before opening in an orchestral arrangement that blooms like a flower, inventive and exotic. A brilliant finale.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/20/2001
Label:
Ark 21
UPC:
0618685002020
catalogNumber:
850020

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Performance Credits

Faudel   Primary Artist
Steve Stevens   Guitar
Jean-Marc Benais   Guitar
David Fall   Drums,Moktak
Carole Fredericks   Background Vocals
Sammy Garcia   Conga
Philippe Saisse   Keyboards
Antonio Tonito Vasquez   Trombone
Wichy Camacho   Choeurs
Djamel Ben Yelles   Violone
Angel Torres   Baritone Saxophone
Hector Perez   Percussion,Choeurs
Pedro Perez   Bass Guitar
Luis Marin   Piano
Charlie Sierra   Bongos,Timbales,Cloche
Nabil Khalidi   Banjo,Oud
Denis Benarrosch   Percussion,Moktak
Abdelhamid Hmaoui   Nay
Yuri Buenaventura   Choeurs
Mustapha Ettamri   Percussion
Leandro Aconcha   Piano,Keyboards
Stéphane Castry   Bass
Mohamed Mestar   Musical Direction
Christian Brun   Guitar

Technical Credits

Goh Hotoda   Arranger,Producer,Engineer,Remixing
Yves Aouizerate   Programming
Karim Benzerzour   Engineer
Nabil Khalidi   Arranger,Producer,Remixing
Christian "Wicked" Wicht   Engineer
Yuri Buenaventura   Arranger
Dale Voelker   Graphic Design
Stéphane Lévy   Engineer

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