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Yal Import

4.8 out of 5 stars 9 customer reviews

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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Zaama Zaama
  2. Way Way
  3. Louiza
  4. Iness
  5. Tanoumi
  6. Ayessiyi
  7. Douga
  8. Irwihene
  9. Aytezyen
  10. Aârouss
  11. Tayri
  12. Nwala
  13. Lawliyya
  14. Elemektoub-Iw
  15. Lounès


Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 25, 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Bmg/RCA
  • ASIN: B00004S6PS
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,027,202 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By A Customer on November 15, 2000
Format: Audio CD
This CD is one of the best of Takfarinas's work in terms of musical variety and lyrics. I especially like the song Lounes which is dedicated to the memory of the Amazigh (Berber) singer and activist Matoub Lounes who was gunned down a few years ago for denouncing the injustices and crimes committed by the Algerian government towards his people. Also, I would like to correct what the first reviewer said about Takfarinas's heritage. Takfarinas is Algerian Amazigh (Berber), not Arab. And his music draws from his Berber heritage and his lyrics are written in the Tamazight (Berber) language. Berbers are the natives of north africa covering parts of Egypt, Tunesia, Lybia, Algeria, Morocco, Western Sahara, Mauretania, Canary Islands, Niger, Mali, Burkina Faso, and Senegal and they number more than 40 million people just in Algeria and Morocco. Their culture and civilization are several millenia old and have contributed great personalities such as Hannibal and Saint Augustine, just to name a few, known in western civilizations.
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Like all indigenous people worldwide, the Amazigh population of North Africa has resurfaced as a people, claiming their rights as individuals and the freedom to cultivate their cultures as others do. The Amazigh range in skin colour from black (the Tuareg) to light-brown to white and are found across North Africa including Libya, Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Egypt, and Mali. They are not classified by race but rather by linguistics therefore cannot be classified simply as caucasian. In any case, they are the suppressed people of North Africa, similar to those minorities found in North America and aboriginals found in Australia. They seek separatism such as the french-speaking peoples of Canada do because their right to express themselves as a culture has, for the longest time, been denied. Here now from this heartache, has arised, the new "prince" of Amazigh sound by the name of Takfarinas. Like his counterpart Matoub Lounes, this handsome prince uses the magnetic rapture of music to give us all the power of his culture including of course the enigmatic sound of Amazigh language, an alphabet containing 36 letters. I have been deeply interested in Amazigh culture upon meeting my closest friend, a native of the Kabylia region of Algeria. I have ever since been enraptured by such a culture and Takfarinas, lo and behold was the first of Amazigh CDs I came across. A pure and genuine sound, Takfarinas, has a beautiful voice that is sure to transcend the ages and keep the power of Amazigh culture alive through song. A culture, that for too long has been denied and must be given to the world stage at long last. This album is simply magical and riveting.Read more ›
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The Berbers, or the Amazigh People (singular) or the Imazighen (plural meaning Free People) as they call themselves, are the native peoples of North Africa. Yal Music was due to surface from Algeria or Morocco or other North African nations, despite attempts by the post-colonial Arabization program to deny the Amazigh-Berber language of Tamazight a place in the Arabized society.
But Takfarinas' take on Yal music, the syllabic riffing on Tamazight (not Arabic) lyrics and polyrhythms, brings the Berber Beats up from the underground and onto the world stage, where this pluralistic culture trapped in linguistic, cultural, and human rights suppression, truly belongs. CMJ-NMR (College Music Journal-New Music Review) also mistook Takfarinas for Arabic. Be clear about this marvelously sung language of Tamazight. Unlike Arabic or any other known alphabet (or Al Abjadiya in Arabic), the Berber's Tamazight language has 39 letters, and many unique and original soundings that can give an Anglo listener a buzz just listening to it. The sunny vocal acrobatics on "Tanoumi" showcase Takfarinas' musicality in a North African form of scat singing. The multi-tracked instrumentation, led by Takfarinas' doublenecked electric mondol (Amazigh lute, or 10-silk stringed mandolin), and Mediterranean percussive palette, also will not likely be mistaken for Arabic music or dreary Algerian rai.
The Amazigh-Berbers have a much older and more open civilization in North Africa than its most recent conquerors and occupiers, the Arabs.
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I was pleasantly surprised when I picked up this CD. Sometimes when reviewing international music you are forced to take a chance on an "unknown." This certainly qualified! As a dancer I have become accustomed to sound and beats of Algerian RAI. While everyone was occupied with the birth of RAI and mastering its rythmns, Takfarinas was quitely attending to the birth of YAL. YAL is a synthesis of everything African, Middle-eastern, and Continental. While RAI pulls from traditional sources. YAL reaches out to new experiences in an attempt to form a bridge of understanding and mutual communication. Most tracks are danceable.
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