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Cheikha Rimitti & Robert Fripp – Sidi Mansour (1994) شيخة ريميتي – سيدي منصور

7-07-2014, 16:56
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Cheikha Rimitti & Robert Fripp – Sidi Mansour (1994) شيخة ريميتي – سيدي منصور

Artist: Cheikha Rimitti & Robert Fripp, Flea, East Bay Ray · شيخة ريميتي
Title Of Album: Sidi Mansour · سيدي منصور
Year Of Release: 1994
Label: Absolute Records 2
Genre: Progressive Raï
Quality: MP3 | FLAC
Bitrate: VBR 0 | 16Bit/44kHz
Total Size: 112 MB | 448 MB
Total Time: 65:41
Website: Discogs

01. Nghani Ki Ma Nabghi 06:33
02. Sidi Mansour 07:43
03. Ha Raï Ha Raï 07:46
04. Rah Jey 08:04
05. Rouked El Achra 11:48
06. Maheyni Maheyni 06:09
07. Rah Yabki 12:04
08. Serrer À Droite Et Stationner 05:39

Cheikha Rimitti: Vocals, Gallal
Robert Fripp: Guitar, Frippertronics (ex King Crimson)
East Bay Ray: Guitar (ex Dead Kennedys)
Geza X: Rhythm Guitar (ex Silver Chalice)
Flea: Bass (ex Red Hot Chili Peppers)
Hamid Ahssani: Darbouka, Bendir, Gallal
Bill Rhea: Violin
Houari Talbi: Keyboards, Saxophone, Sampling, Sequencing
JBV: Computers, Sounds, Treatments
Dan Fornero: Trumpet (ex Canned Heat, Brian Setzer Orchestra …)
Walt Fowler: Trumpet, Flugelhorn (ex Frank Zappa, Billy Cobham …)
Bruce Fowler: Trombone (ex Frank Zappa, George Duke …)
Joe Berardi: Drums (ex Fibonaccis)
David Kendrick: Drums (ex Sparks)

Liner Notes:
Time: 1920's, Place: Oman. This western Algerian port, melting pot of Mediterranean musics, is where Raï, the meditative chant of Bedouin shepards, went urban. It was in a nearby village where Rimitti made her dancing debut with a musical troupe that zigzagged western Algeria. The horrors of war and the epidemics that scourzed the region inspired her first verses and led her to a career in music. In 1936, she recorded her first albums with Pathé, a french record company.
Cheikha 'Crazy' Rimitti, as she is known throughout Algeria, elevated Raï to new heights, rescuing it from what some categorized as "unrefined" due to its sensual nature (love, alcohol, joys and pain of daily life).
Rimitti, now 70 years old, has retained her youthful voice and still performs on stage, from Algeria to France, from festival to cabaret. Her stage presence is without equal! Even though a large part of her repertory is known to several generations, the often "risque" texts still make her the singer "one does not listen to with the whole family".
In spring 1993, Algerian composer Houari Talbi asked Rimitti to interpret some songs he had composed especially for her. The Mother of Raï was thrilled by the project itself – and the possibility to show herself and current Raï singers in a different light. She is not as "old" – they are not as "new" as one might think!
With this new recording adventure, Rimitti proves that conquest of new musical horizons is not a question of age, but of fresh inspiration.

Biography by Jason Ankeny from AllMusic:
The unrivaled queen of Algerian Raï music, Cheikha Rimitti was one of the most beloved and controversial singers of the Islamic world, challenging deeply ingrained notions of sex, politics, and femininity with such candor and ferocity that she was ultimately forced into exile. Born May 8, 1923, in the western Algerian countryside of Tessaa … With the 1954 release of "Charrak Gattà," she became a lightning rod for controversy throughout North Africa for openly advocating sexual liberation and encouraging young women to lose their virginity. When Algeria's first independent government ascended to power in 1962, Rimitti's songs were denounced as "folklore perverted by colonialism," and she was banned from appearing on television and radio. The censorship forced her to relocate to France, where she continued writing and recording to the delight of the fast-growing Algerian immigrant culture. … By the 1980s Raï was the music of choice for a new generation of disenfranchised Algerians, and Rimitti was hailed as "La Mamie du Raï" – that is, the mother of modern Algerian pop. As artists including Cheb Khaled and Rachid Taha covered her classic compositions, Rimitti's international profile grew exponentially, and she toured as far as Japan and Canada, in 1994 teaming with producer Robert Fripp for the LP Sidi Mansour, widely cited as a watershed in Raï's creative evolution. In the summer of 2001, she made her U.S. debut at New York City's Central Park Summerstage, and in 2005 made her first trip back to Algeria in more than a quarter century to record the acclaimed N'ta Goudami. Just two days after performing a sold-out Paris date, Rimitti died of a sudden heart attack on May 15, 2006; she'd celebrated her 83rd birthday a week earlier.

Review by Chris Nickson from AllMusic:
This is Cheikha Rimitti, the Queen of Raï, backed up by a stellar cast on what's one of the best Rock-Raï records ever to appear – harder than anything Khaled has managed, and showing most Algerian artists and producers to be quite wimpy. From the very first notes of "Nghani Ki Ma Naghbi," this is a loud ride, laden with samples and keyboards, courtesy of producer Houari Talbi. But that's merely the beginning of the fun. The bass work throughout comes courtesy of Flea, while East Bay Ray offers rhythm guitar; the lead work is from Robert Fripp, playing some of his most cutting work yet. The horn work is from Zappa alumni Bruce and Walter Fowler. But the heartbeat of it all remains ineffably Algerian – with a percussion section raised high in the mix. And above it all is Rimitti's voice. Deep, cracked, sounding as if it's spent too many years in the desert, but still with a passion that can open the hardest heart, even if you don't speak Arabic. The whole record powers along in a perfect mix of Middle East and West – proof, if you need it, that Rock and Raï do make excellent bedfellows. It's the title track that's the true highlight: Rimitti's voice tails off into a flurry of angry Frippertronics that careen up to the stratosphere, but everything is a pure delight – hard, rough, and ready, and good to the last drop. Given that Rimitti was 70 when this was released in 1994, it's a bold step, and one that shows the younger generation a thing or three.

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Her biography in French



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