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Festival in the Desert [Import, Live]

Festival in the Desert 2003 Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (October 14, 2003)
  • Original Release Date: 2003
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import, Live
  • Label: World Village USA
  • ASIN: B0000CBLAM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #150,427 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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2. Buri Baalal - Afel Bocoum
3. Tihar Bayatin - Tartit
4. Win My Train Fare Home - Robert Plant
5. Ya Moulana - Sedoum Ehl Aida
6. Jah Kas Cool Boy - Lo' Jo
7. Wayena - Oumou Sangare
8. Karaw - Ali Farka Toure
9. Aldachan Manin - Tinariwen
10. Politique - Adama Yalomba
11. Ariyalan - Tidawt
12. Chameaux - Ludovico, Einaudi & Ballake Sissoko
13. Ihama - Kel Tin Lokiene
14. Le Juge Ment - Kwal
15. Wana - Tinde
16. Koultouleili-Khalett La - Aicha Bint Chighaly
17. Oubilalian - Igbayen
18. Fady Yeina - Baba Salah
19. What Do You See - Blackfire
20. Laisse-Moi Dire - Django

Editorial Reviews

Throwing an enormous Woodstock-style music festival in the middle of the Sahara desert--the gorgeous photos included in the booklet to Festival in the Desert make clear--isn't exactly easy. Held during the last three years in the shifting sands of northern Mali, the Festival in the Desert has brought together a mix of desert nomads and pop stars to play sublimely enchanting music in some of the harshest but most starkly beautiful conditions imaginable. Luckily for us, the 2003 Festival produced this impressive and varied CD, mixing together tracks from Malian superstars like Oumou Sangare and Ali Farka Toure with lesser knowns like the Mauritanian singer Aicha Bint Chinghaly and the desert nomads Tinariwen, who a few years ago traded their rifles in for electric guitars when the civil war in northern Mali abated. The biggest name here, of course, is Robert Plant, who turns in a wailing medley of old blues tunes. But Led Zeppelin-heads who buy the CD just for him--particularly those drawn to the Middle-Eastern strains of Plant's music from "Kashmir" through his recent collaborations with Jimmy Page--are in for quite a pleasant surprise when they hear the rest of the disc. What comes across the most, despite the star power present, is the energy of the live performances in such an extraordinary setting, making the Navajo rock band Blackfire, the gorgeous duet between Italian pianist Ludovico Einaudi and the Malian kora player Ballake Sissoko, the otherworldly collaboration between French rappers Kwal and the Touareg (desert nomad) guitarist and singer Foy-Foy, and the French sisters Lo'Jo's duet with Malian guitarist Django all sound like natural pairings, unfolding together under the Saharan sky. --Ezra Gale

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30 of 34 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing! August 25, 2005
By rai
I was very excited when I saw this DVD in the store, and I bought it. I really wanted to see Oumou Sangare and Tinariwen perform live, but in both cases, just as the song starts, THEY CUT AWAY FOR AN INTERVIEW! Somehow they manage to include complete performances from the people I didn't care about (Robert Plant, the awful French group, the Navajo heavy-metal band...) while short-changing the actual local bands. The Navajo band is intriguingly weird: the lead singer gives a heart-felt speech about his people losing their culture and language, then the band launches into a heavy-metal song sung in ENGLISH. That was kinda (sadly) amusing...
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sounds and styles are all over the board! August 29, 2004
Format:Audio CD
Billed as the 'Woodstock of the Sahara' and other names, FESTIVAL IN THE DESERT's various artists are unified by one thing: participation in a 2003 desert ethnic music fest sixty kilometers northwest of Timbuktu in Mali.

 Its organization - a non-government association of international world councils and unions - includes such diverse groups as Tinariwen, Robert Plant, Ali Farka Toure, Omou Sangare, and more: so don't expect a uniformity of sound or theme in FESTIVAL IN THE DESERT 2003's production: sounds and styles are all over the board.

 This is the place to hear new groups; from the renowned band LoJo to the UK answer to Ry Cooder in Justin Adams.

 The live recording is clean and clear enough that little is lost in fidelity due to audience participation: so if it's twenty diverse cuts of African music from across the continent that's needed as an introduction to some of the best artists of modern times, don't miss FESTIVAL IN THE DESERT 2003 - or future yearly productions to come.
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Trance grooves, proto blues, and more.... January 2, 2004
By rudiger
Format:Audio CD
It seems like an unlikely concept: "Let's have a music festival in one of the most remote, inhospitable places on earth!" But that's exactly what happened in the Sahara Desert back in January 2003, drawing together a few dozen musicians from host-country Mali, neighboring Mauritania, and even a few from France, the US, and the UK. Had Robert Plant not been among the latter contingent, the event would likely have attracted little attention outside rarified "world music" circles. But there he was, nestled amid the dunes and jamming with the locals, and fortunately somebody was able to get a CD made of all this.
"FESTIVAL" features just one track apiece from Plant and 19 other artists who took part in this 3-day patch of improbability, though they each performed whole sets. (Several other groups who also took part according to the notes don't appear on the CD at all.) So it's a highly varied collection, but somehow the different hues all blend together. Plant's featured contribution, "Win My Train Fare Home," is a bluesy number quite in keeping with the tone of the festival. Malian pop stars like Oumou Sangare, Ali Farka Toure and Adama Yalomba are interspersed with lesser known locals, many of them Toureg desert-dwellers, as well as a handful of non-African groups.
It's been said that the blues can be traced back to Mali, and musicians like Ali Farka have capitalized on this legend by inflecting their songs with sounds inspired by American blues greats (John Lee Hooker in particular). Maybe that case has been overstated somewhat--if he sounds like John Lee, it's probably due more to his collection of American blues records than to a primeval connection that survived the Middle Passage. Nevertheless, from the music on this disc it's obvious that rock and blues have plenty in common with West African music. It may not float every Led Zep fan's boat, but it's a fine collection of songs from a very unlikely place.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Midnight at the Oasis comes to Life April 9, 2005
I rented this yesterday and after viewing, ran to my computer to try and buy one to own. There is the mystique of the desert alone that is captivating and the fusion of the North African/ West African influences, the French and American, well it is too exotic for words. The Navejo, the blues and the African rhythms all coming together under the open skies with goats & camels. Reggae on the River has nothing on this festival. I only wish it had been longer. Trying to do a DVD of such an event and capturing it all, I'm sure was challenging. It was a great "sampling" of talent, but as a "music" video, there weren't enough pieces from each group. I was hoping for more on the special features. In I"LL Sing For You, the extras were great. But, Festival is still a unique and extraordinary journey!
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
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They arrived on camel's backs ... they arrived in SUVS ... they came by airplane ... from the USA and Europe -- to Essakane, Mali, to the Sahara Desert for a concert to end all concerts. Setting up a stage and sound equipment alone must have been a challenge, but the results on this CD -- prove it was a hugely successful effort. Amazing! This is the *third* such event!
Indeed, as the liner notes state, "Magic comes from humans and nature." While the listener can only imagine the magic of the desert ... the magic of the humans can *definitely* be heard on this CD. Track #1 begins with the sounds of the kora (21 stringed Manding harp), accompanied shortly by chanting, and then strong masculine guitar playing ... This music is infectious!!! I am frequently on my feet, unconcsiously improvising indigenous dances to the unbelievable djembe (drum) rhythms on track #1. The liner notes tell us, it is the Tamashek rhythm based on the gait of the camel. The unusual vocalizations of the women's group, "Tartit" awaken the listener to a new realization of melody and synchrony ... Robert Plant and Justin Adams play "blues in the desert" on track #4 and yes (!) Robert Plant can come "crawlin' to me on the floor" any time he wants ... talk about heart-pounding music. Another fusion sound that works wonders is track #6 on which the French group Lo'Jo combine their vocals with the W. Mali composer, Django. The style is soft and fluid. It is accompanied by a dynamic electric violin. This CD includes the chanting, vocals and rock music of the American desert as well, "Blackfire" who hale from Arizona add another dimension to round out the music on this CD. The music is original. The music is contagious. The music is contemporary. This CD weaves musical energy meridians around the planet --- connecting two worlds that are not so far apart.
Erika Borsos (erikab93)
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great event and well documented vis this wonderful CD.
Very good CD with a well rounded who's who in music involving desert blues and such. A few assorted musicians thrown in to add spice.
Published 8 months ago by Richard E. Lyons
5.0 out of 5 stars Festival In the Desert
The entire transaction was just perfect! I loved the product... it was in mint condition, arrived in a timely manner and was reasonably priced. Read more
Published 20 months ago by W. L.
5.0 out of 5 stars Festival in the Desert
Item came quickly and was new and in the original packaging - just as described. This is a replacement for a lost cd.
Published on March 17, 2012 by MC
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good
This was pretty interesting, I enjoyed seeing shots of the desert setting and the Tuaregs in their traditional garb doing their traditional customs... Read more
Published on February 14, 2011 by Michelle V. Owens-martin
3.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good
This was pretty interesting, I enjoyed seeing shots of the desert setting and the Tuaregs in their traditional garb doing their traditional customs... Read more
Published on February 13, 2011
5.0 out of 5 stars An Oasis of Music from the Heart of the Sahel
So you can't make it to Essakane for the Festival in the Desert this year? Well don't worry, because theres finally a recording of performances from the annual festival on CD. Read more
Published on June 19, 2008 by Zekeriyah
4.0 out of 5 stars A Fountain of Music from the Desert
Free yourself from the prison of top ten chart poppers. Enlightenment of the soul is to be found when you journey far from the path. Read more
Published on June 2, 2007 by SeibelWerks
"Festival in the Desert" is a beautiful and well-made documentary of North and West African musicians, along with a few European and American artists, performing in the Malian... Read more
Published on October 12, 2006 by John J. Toutant
5.0 out of 5 stars Festival of the Desert 2006
Just returned, in January, from the latest edition of the Festival au Desert. The music was not as good as this album, but the experience of being at the most exotic music... Read more
Published on April 20, 2006 by Georgia
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