Mariem Hassan, Jeirana, Faknash, Shueta and Nayim
Medej (Nubenegra, 2004)
Spain’s Nubenegra continues to explore the sounds of the Saharawi people. Sadly,
most Saharawi musicians live displaced from their homeland, living as refugees
in Algeria or Spain.
Medej, subtitled Cantos antiguos Saharahuis (Ancient Saharawi Songs) centers on the spiritual tradition from the Western Sahara. The Saharawi songs on Medej are performed in Hassanía, the language of the Saharawi people. Musically, the Medej abides by the rules of the haul, with well organized modes and rhythms.Medej features some of the best voices of the Saharawi exile, like Jeirana,
Faknash and Mariem Hassan. Master musician Nayim Alal provides some of the musical accompaniment, on tidinit, electric guitars and bass.
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.