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Desert Blues: endless vista or musical cul-de-sac?

PostPosted: Wed May 28, 2008 1:49 pm
by Des
I haven't seen any reviews of the new Etran Finatawa CD - is it any good? Ths last Tinariwen CD was a disappointment. Justin Adams just doesn't do it for me. Is 'Desert Blues' in a bunker or can you see it develop over the coming years? Is it cliched and tired or full of promise?

Re: Desert Blues: endless vista or musical cul-de-sac?

PostPosted: Wed May 28, 2008 7:45 pm
by Papa M
Des Bowring wrote:is it any good?


Terrific. And different to other Touarag bands. Because they are a mix of Touareg and Wodaabe they have a unique vocal variation.

PostPosted: Wed May 28, 2008 9:42 pm
by Des
Thanks Papa - I went to one of their workshops at Womad a couple of years ago and they were fab.

Can't believe no-one has reviewed their new CD here.

desrt blues

PostPosted: Thu May 29, 2008 5:21 pm
by Peter Culshaw
From the Algerian side of the desert, from the refugee camps, Tiris are rather fine
http://profile.myspace.com/index.cfm?fu ... =125557008

I posted a short piece about a visit to one of the camps with Manu Chao yesterday at:
http://blogs.guardian.co.uk/authors/peter_culshaw/

PostPosted: Thu May 29, 2008 10:31 pm
by Nigel w
Nice cameo story in that blog, Peter, but way too short. I'd like to read more - but I guess you're keeping us all waiting for the book. (I can reveal that Peter is indeed writing a book, called In Search of Manu Chao, or something similar, the theme of which is him chasing our peripatetic, freewheeling, gypsy-blooded world music superstar all over the globe. Some people get all the best jobs!).

PostPosted: Thu May 29, 2008 10:53 pm
by Papa M
nigel w wrote: Some people get all the best jobs!).


Says the man who had dinner with Bonnie Raitt the other day! :roll:

desert blues

PostPosted: Thu May 29, 2008 11:41 pm
by Peter Culshaw
I imagine Nigel takng an aperatif in the rolling acres of Wiliamson Mansions and thinking how hard life is...at least he's actually written and finished more than one book...(any tips, Nige? - it feels like switching from the 100 metres to the 10,000)

As for Manu, great man that he is, can be elusive for sure....so its a potential interesting book anyway, we'll see what happens.....inshallah...
the desert tale tho is definately a good yarn...then there is the minor detail of actually writing it....

and those people really so have a good reason for singing the desert blues...more info on all that stuff from http://www.sandblast-arts.org/
which is run by the amazing Danielle Smith, there's a lot of context in what is going on there...as well as some good music

desert

PostPosted: Sat May 31, 2008 8:11 am
by Peter Culshaw
more desert stuff from the Telegraph

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/arts/main.jh ... ara130.xml