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Various / Desert Blues 2

Desert Blues 2

After the huge success of Ambiance du Sahara - Desert Blues, with sales in excess of 100 000, the Frankfurt-based label Network has now released a follow-up album Rêves d'oasis - Desert Blues 2. The enthusiastic press reviews and many awards they won for their first foray into the rich tradition of North African ballads gave the Network team the incentive to take up the challenge once again. For the latest anthology Rêves d'oasis - Desert Blues 2 Christian Scholze and Jean Trouillet took an initial body of some 1000 pieces of music and short-listed them in several rounds until they had a final selection of 26 tracks that cover a broad spectrum from the traditional to the contemporary, featuring encounters between musicians of different cultures. The latest developments are showcased alongside classics that are now available on CD for the first time. This double CD presents the quiet side of Africa’s musical cosmos, with magnificent vocals that entrance the listener, full of sadness and joy: Songs like waves at night, as Bruce Chatwin described them. Music that touches our soul and heals us, as the Tuareg believe. The colours and the atmosphere of the music tell of fantastic landscapes, of desert, oasis and steppe, of ancient cultures and the peoples who live here: Tuareg, Mandinka, Fulani... Double CD, almost two and a half hours playing time. Lavishly illustrated booklet with informative introductory text.

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