1970s Algerian Folk and Pop

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Sublime Frequencies continues releasing weird collections of eastern treasures. Here we go deep into algerian 70ies pop and folk. A real algerian folk hymne is e.g. the song “vava inouva” by Idir from 1972:

The other songs are not that famous and meandering between psychedelic rocksounds,   like the song from Abramis,  oriental instrumentals (les djinns),  filmscores  or sweet pop tunes. (Smail Chaoui)

Buy it in Berlin at bis aufs messer or hhv but be fast –  the label will not reissue LP´s  as far as I know. Comes in a gatefold jacket with beautiful liner notes, compiled by Omar Zelig

Sublime Frequencies:

“Sublime Frequencies is thrilled to present a second volume of classic tracks from Algeria’s popular music history. Where volume 1 focused on the early to mid-1970s Rai scene in western Algeria, this album features a variety of pop and folk styles from that same period. From the heavier rock and psychedelic sounds of Rachid & Fethi, Les Djinns and Les Abranis, to the haunting folk music of Kri Kri and Djamel Allem and the film soundtrack moods of Ahmed Malek, 1970s Algerian Folk & Pop documents a key period in the modern musical renaissance of a nation in transition.

Most of these tracks are from 45 rpm singles, the key format during the early 1970s before the cassette took over as the medium of choice. Western musical influences can be heard throughout this extremely diverse record, yet there is an undeniable Algerian sense of sadness contained here within a more tolerant space in time between two of the country’s most significant historical periods; National Independence from France and the darker times of a brutal civil war yet to come. Compiled by Hicham Chadly, this limited edition LP comes in a full-color gatefold jacket with lovely images from the period and extensive liner-notes by Omar Zelig, Algeria’s most legendary radio DJ.”



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