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Maryam Mursal — The Journey
(RealWorld CAR 2370-2, 1998, CD)

by Jon Davis, Published 1999-01-01

The Journey Cover artMaryam Mursal is a singer from Somalia now exiled and living in Denmark. Somali music, like the country itself, is a unique mixture of African and Arabic. On this release, Mursal approaches her culture from a European pop perspective, freely mixing Somali instruments, melodies, and rhythms with contemporary grooves provided by her Danish collaborator Soren Kjaer Jensen and producers Simon Emmerson and Martin Russell of Afro-Celt Sound System. As with the best Afropop, the beats drive the music, ranging from slinky Egyptian shuffle to James-Brown-goes-to-Africa rave-up. Many tunes are punctuated with a horn section, and the Elektra strings feature prominently on several cuts. The recording was done largely at Peter Gabriel's Real World Studios, and Gabriel adds backing vocals on the album, though not in an especially noticeable capacity. This album functions equally well for the fan of cross-cultural dance music or the novice seeking new sounds. It's quite representative of the best the genre has to offer.

Filed under: New releases, Issue 16, 1998 releases

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