KHALED, LIBERTÉ (WRASSE RECORDS)
[DUNKELBUNT]
A NEW DAY; LAYA PROJECT REMIXED
ADDIS ACOUSTIC PROJECT
AFRO ROOTS WORLD MUSIC FESTIVAL
AMADOU & MARIAM
ANTÓNIO ZAMBUJO
APHRODESIA
BALKANBEATS
BANCO DE GAIA
BOBAN I MARKO MARKOVIC ORKESTAR
BOBAN I MARKO MARKOVIC
BOY WITHOUT GOD
C.J. CHENIER
CARLOS GOGO GOMEZ
CHOBAN ELEKTRIK
CHOPTEETH
CHRISTIANE D
CHRISTINE VAINDIRLIS
CLARA PONTY
COPAL
CUCHATA
DAMJAN KRAJACIC
DANIEL CROS
DEBO & FENDIKA
DEL CASTILLO
DR JAYANTHI KUMARESH
EARTHRISE SOUNDSYSTEM
EGYPT NOIR
ELIN FURUBOTN
EMILY SMITH
FANFARE CIOCARLIA VS. BOBAN & MARKO MARKOVIC
FEUFOLLET
FIAF PRESENTS WORLD NOMADS MOROCCO: MUSIC
FOOTSTEPS IN AFRICA
GECKO TURNER
GENTICORUM
GEOFF BERNER
GIANMARIA TESTA
GODS ROBOTS
GUARCO
HUUN HUUR TU
INDIAN OCEAN
IRENE JACOB & FRANCIS JACOB
JANAKA SELEKTA
JANYA
JERRY LEAKE
JOAQUIN DIAZ
JOEL RUBIN
JORGE STRUNZ
JOSEF KOUMBAS
JOYFUL NOISE (I GRADE RECORDS)
JUST A BAND
KAMI THOMPSON
KARTICK & GOTAM
KHALED
KHING ZIN & SHWE SHWE KHAING
KITKA'S CAUCASIAN CONNECTIONS PROJECT PERFORMANCES AND WORKSHOPS
KMANG KMANG
KOTTARASHKY AND THE RAIN DOGS
LA CHERGA
LAC LA BELLE
LAYA PROJECT
LENI STERN
LES TRIABOLIQUES
LISTEN FOR LIFE
LOBI TRAORÉ
LO'JO
LOKESH
MAGNIFICO
MAHALA RAI BANDA
MIDNITE
MOHAMMED ALIDU AND THE BIZUNG FAMILY
MR. SOMETHING SOMETHING
MY NAME IS KHAN
NAWAL
NAZARENES
NO STRANGER HERE (EARTHSYNC)
OCCIDENTAL BROTHERS ON TOUR
OCCIDENTAL GYPSY
OREKA TX
ORQUESTRA CONTEMPORÂNEA DE OLINDA
PABLO SANCHEZ
PEDRO MORAES
RAYA BRASS BAND
SALSA CELTICA
SAMITE
SARA BANLEIGH
SARAH AROESTE
SELAELO SELOTA
SHYE BEN-TZUR
SIA TOLNO
SIBIRI SAMAKE
SISTER FA
SLIDE TO FREEDOM II
SONIA BREX
SOSALA
SWEET ELECTRA
SYSTEMA SOLAR
TAGA SIDIBE
TAJ WEEKES
TARANA
TARUN NAYAR
TE VAKA
TELEPATH
THE MOUNTAIN MUSIC PROJECT
THE NATIVE AMERICA NORTH SHOWCASE
THE SPY FROM CAIRO
TITO GONZALEZ
TOUSSAINT
VARIOUS ARTISTS
VARIOUS ARTISTS
WATCHA CLAN
WHEN HARRY TRIES TO MARRY SOUNDTRACK
WOMEXIMIZER
WOMEXIMIZER
ZDOB SI ZDUB
ZIETI
CD Review

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Khaled, the King of Raï, is back with an emotional explosive collection of songs. Liberté, set for release on August 25 on the Wrasse Records label, serves up Khaled's spectacular vocals in a series of new and reworked old songs, steeped in a delicious melange of African Raï, sweeping Middle Eastern strings and meaty Moroccan Gnawan trance, spiced with layered synthesizers, dashes of oud and ney and a piquant mix of darbuka and percussion. With producer Martin Meissonnier, noted for his work with the likes of Fela Kuti, Seun Kuti, King Sunny Ade and Amina, Khaled dishes a sound that moves effortlessly from the bright and breezy to the evocatively emotional to jazz tinged reminiscences, summoning up an evocative musical hotpot.


Liberté opens with a short, thickly exotic intro piece before moving into the sassy "Hiya Ansadou" or "Come On, Let's Go." This track is all sparkly fun, and with the lyrics "Come On let's go, my friends/We're off, it's the pits here!/There's only sadness and anger" there's nothing but sheer joyfulness here. "Raikoum," with its accordion work by Khaled, spits fire with Khaled's signature vocals and some saucy brass and back up vocals.

"Ya Bouya Kirani" shimmers with the heartbreak found in Khaled's vocals against lute, ney and chunky percussion. Liberté is full of gems like the brightly colored "Gnaoui," a Gnawan inspired track, and the richly elegant "Zabana," a tribute to Ahmed Zabana, an Oranese hero captured during the Algerian liberation struggle. Khaled's astonishing vocals soar right into the stratosphere on the intro piece and title track " Liberté." while on the subtly jazzy "Soghri" Khaled's interpretation dazzles.

 

Other treats and treasures include "Yamina," the poignant "Papa" and the soulful "Sbabi Ntya." Saving the best for last, "Ya Mimoun" and its intro section close Liberté with a richly worked number about a Gnawan sultan.

Liberté pulses with an electrifying vibrancy. Khaled's soul-stirring vocals are potent and stunning against a musical backdrop that's every bit as dynamic as the vocals, making Liberté a get-out-of-the-doldrums-free card.

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