Nar (Nubenegra INN1117-2, 2004)
Thanks to Manuel Domínguez’s Nubenegra label, based in Madrid, Saharawi artists are starting to release their music on CD. Wood is difficult to obtain in the Sahara and desert nomads have turned electric guitars into a favorite instrument. Nayim Alal is probably the best guitarist in the Saharawi scene.
Like their Tuareg cousins, the Saharawis play a bluesy type of guitar. On
Nar, Nayim Alal combines Saharawi music with rap, blues, and pop. Nayim Alal has a unique way of playing the electric guitar and deserves wider recognition. The album
features one of the best known Saharawi singers, Mariem Hassan. There are other
Saharawi guests, as well as musicians from Spain and Sudan.
Author: Angel Romero
Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music and progressive music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel produced several specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music and electronic music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World, Lektronic Soundscapes, and Mindchild Records. Angel is currently based in Durham, North Carolina.