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Music of Western Sahara


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  • Audio CD (September 14, 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • ASIN: B000A20IVO
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,063,526 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Dios Mio! (Mein Gott! ) (My God!)
2. A Pesar de Las Heridas
3. Hijos de la Revolución (Söhne Der Revolution) (Sons of the Revolution)
4. Neustros Ojox (Unsere Augen) (Our Eyes)
5. Se Alarga la Noche (Die Nacht Wird Lang) (The Night Will Be Long)
6. Adán y Nuestra Madre Eva ( Adam und Unsere Mutter Eva) (Adam and ...)
See all 21 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Viva el Polisario (Es Lebe Die Polisario) (Long Live the Polisario)
2. Madre, No Llores Por Mi (Mutter, Wein' Nicht Um Mich) (Mother, ...)
3. Plegaria (Gebet) (Prayer)
4. El Profeta (Der Prophet) (The Prophet)
5. Qué Importan Las Penas! (Was Bedeutet Schon das Leiden!) (Whatever ...)
6. Sáhara, Tierra Mía (Sahara, Mein Land) (Sahara, My Land)
See all 15 tracks on this disc
Disc: 3
1. Jamás (Niemals) (Never)
2. Rasd (Dars)
3. Lucha de Masas (Kampf Der Massen) (Snuggle of the Masses)
4. Aaiún (Laayoune)
5. Creador de Glorias (Schöpfer Von Ruhm und Seligkeit) Creator of ...
6. 20 de Mayo (20. Mai) (20th of May)
See all 10 tracks on this disc

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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful By H. Kaiser on October 30, 1999
Format: Audio CD
This is my favorite release of the year. And also the biggest surprise and revealtion to me when I actually popped the first of its 3 CDs into my CD player. I was expecting typical Arab-Islamic music for voice and drums from the obscure country of Western Sahara. I did not expect the articulate electric guitars that also screamed with feedback, nor the delicate and complex acoustic and blues-inflected acoustic guitar playing that's as varied and rich as anything from Mali - yet different. Nor did I expect supremely passionate vocals as intense as the most startling flamenco singing. But that's what I heard on all 3 discs from these little-known people. Since the occupation of the state of Wetern Sahara in 1975, most of the Sahraoui people live in in Algerian terratory where they preserve their completely different culture. And this is totally reflected in the music. It's not like anything else. It's the combination of the raw and powerful traditional vocals and the modern, creative guitar playing that is especially striking here, Those elements combine together with powerful Arabic rhythms and drumming into some that is simultaneously ancient and modern at the same time. The only way to really know or hear this music is to buy this package, which is accompanied by an excellent 123 page booklet.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By David Leikam on November 17, 2001
Format: Audio CD
I bought this collection used in San Francisco. I was in the state where I was in the record store with several choices of music and limited funds on me. I read the back of this, took a chance, and I ended up with this one that I had no idea what exactly to expect. I LOVE Moroccan music so I thought they are close geographically so... It took me a little while to get into it because I was expecting traditional only but now it is one of my favorite listenings. I keep all three discs in my 24 count CD travel case. The only minor point is that my discs are misprinted number wise. I'm not sure if it's just my copy but after a little bit you remember which is which. No big deal and the music is worth the full price definately! Highly recommended for anybody interested in good world music, I think. :O}
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By rudiger on May 11, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Imagine a turban-clad nomad in flowing robes blasting power chords from an amplified Stratocaster, hammering away on a single droning tonic for mesmerizing minutes while hand drums beat and women ululate in the background. It is reminiscent of Malian guitarist Ali Farka Toure, only with more distortion, more drive, more intensity. On a few numbers a bowed electric guitar adds amazing texture. Disc 1 is full of such tracks.
Disc 2 features some in this style as well, along with a few acoustic numbers which are equally fun to listen to. Unfortunately there are also a couple of tracks here which the Spanish producers arranged with synthesizer and drum machine, which are bland and quite forgettable. In the main though it's great stuff.
Disc 3: more "traditional"-sounding music from Sahrawi ensembles without any guest musicians or European instruments.
As a package, this makes for a tremendous listening experience. For those who prefer not to deal with the "political" content, i.e. songs praising the Polisario liberation movement, if you don't understand Arabic I suspect it won't be a problem. If you do, and you are okay with Morocco having shamelessly stolen these people's country away from them, then you probably won't be buying this music in the first place.
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5 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 3, 2000
Format: Audio CD
The potential buyer should be aware that, while there is some very interesting, very good, music, this production is also a Polisario screed. Regardless of your position on the merits (and conduct) of the Polisario, the weaknesses of this music (and the booklet Kaiser liked so much) are the same weaknesses of all political tracts. Read the translated lyrics to CD 3 to be reminded of how poetry or lyrics in the service of politics (whether enlightened or not) is usually doggerel. Some of this music is transportative; some of it is the equivalent, regrettably, of doggerel.
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