The Rough Guide to Desert Blues

The Rough Guide to Desert Blues

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The Rough Guide to Desert Blues

The desert blues has developed into its own musical genre, the root of the blues. Following its initial popularization by the late Ali Farka Touré (who is represented here, of course, showing how stripped-down his music could be compared to those who have followed), it has really blossomed thanks to the influx of Tuareg bands. After artists like Tartit and Mariem Hassan came Tinariwen, who broke through and really established the desert blues. They were followed by their sub-Saharan companions Terakaft and Tamikrest, who have also been receiving plenty of attention, and yet more names wait in the wings, such as Jalihena Natu. The odd ones out here are Amadou & Mariam, the Malian duo who found a measure of fame recording with Manu Chao. Their music might have a foundation in West African blues, but it is not desert blues, even if the track used here hints at it slightly. As an introduction to the desert blues, this does a very thorough job and the inclusion of an earlier complete album by Etran Finatawa (also on the compilation) adds real value for the money.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/10/2010
Label: World Music Network
UPC: 0605633123821
catalogNumber: 1238
Rank: 79767

Album Credits

Technical Credits

Ali Farka Touré   Composer
Bassekou Kouyate   Arranger
Sandra Alayon-Stanton   translation
Amadou Bagayoko   Composer
Traditional   Composer
Nayim Alal   Arranger
Mariem Hassan   Composer
Abdallah Ag Alhousseyni   Composer
Samba Touré   Composer
Ghalitane Khamidoune   Arranger,Composer,Lyricist
Bammo Agonla   Arranger,Composer,Lyricist
Bagui Bouga   Composer,Lyricist
Alhousseini Mohamed Anivolla   Composer,Lyricist
Mohammed Assori Ahmed   Composer
Irène Rognier   translation

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