Journey

The Journey

by Maryam Mursal
     
 

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Arguably the most exciting Afro-pop record of the '90s, The Journey takes listeners on two trips. One traces singer Maryam Mursal's escape -- children in tow -- from chaotic, drought-plagued Somalia, crossed the desert with her children in tow, and found her way to the Danish embassy in Djibouti and asylum in Europe. The second trip is purely sonic. Abetted

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Arguably the most exciting Afro-pop record of the '90s, The Journey takes listeners on two trips. One traces singer Maryam Mursal's escape -- children in tow -- from chaotic, drought-plagued Somalia, crossed the desert with her children in tow, and found her way to the Danish embassy in Djibouti and asylum in Europe. The second trip is purely sonic. Abetted by UK producers Simon Emmerson and Martin Russell, The Journey tracks popular dance music and today's crazy-cloth, cross-cultural vibe back to one of its original ports of call -- East Africa. Imagine bringing jungle back to Africa or moving Bristol's trip-hop sound somewhere south of Cairo. The fortysomething refugee Mursal fronts a Danish band with ace traditional instrumentalists alongside crack programmers. The opener "Lei Lei," with its horn section that seems at once a Tanzanian wedding band and a Portishead sample, is worth the price of admission. Mursal's husky voice climbs elaborate Arabic scales and gets down to Mississippi moans, bridging opium dens, juke joints and chill rooms.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Tim Sheridan
This remarkable Somalian singer lays intricate vocal lines over funky grooves for a unique world-pop confection. What's more remarkable than this solo debut is the story behind her journey to freedom, fleeing Somalia and winding up in a Danish refugee camp, where she was "discovered" by an arranger who brought her to the attention of Peter Gabriel's RealWorld label. The layers of sound on this disc blend techno with a more traditional Afro-pop sound. It all makes for some of the most passionate dance music you can find.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/07/2008
Label:
Real World
UPC:
0884108006924
catalogNumber:
70
Rank:
197906

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Maryam Mursal   Primary Artist,Vocals
Peter Gabriel   Background Vocals
Kim Burton   Accordion,Soloist,Piano (Grand),Guest Appearance
Kick Horns   Horn
Hossam Ramzy   Percussion,Guest Appearance
Ashley Maher   Background Vocals,Guest Appearance
Simon Emmerson   Guitar,Guest Appearance
Electra Strings   Strings
Jacob Andersen   Percussion
Soren Kjaer Jensen   Bass Guitar,Keyboards,Background Vocals
Abdi Nuur Allaleh   Background Vocals
Kristian Jørgensen   Violin,Soloist,Guest Appearance
Sheikh "Madey" Ahmed   Background Vocals
Nima Yassin   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Ron Aslan   Arranger,Programming
Martin Russell   Arranger,Composer,Programming,Producer,Engineer
Simon Emmerson   Arranger,Composer,Programming,Producer
Mike Coulson   Art Direction
Maryam Mursal   Composer
Tristan Manco   Graphic Design
Soren Kjaer Jensen   Composer,Liner Notes
Gitte Meldgaard   Wardrobe Design
Abdi Kader Hassan   Composer
Salah Qasim   Composer
Doctor Rafi   Composer

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