Ilana: The Creator

Mdou Moctar - Ilana: The Creator
Critic Score
Based on 5 reviews
2019 Ratings: #130 / 757
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Based on 55 ratings
2019 Ratings: #365
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March 29, 2019 / Release Date
LP / Format
Sahel Sounds / Label
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With his latest album, the lefthanded, Tuareg guitarist testifies that there's still life for rock music, even if we didn't believe it!
A fine example of celebratory, saharan rock that will take us directly to the heart of Africa.
Just kinda droned on for me. Nothing super special.
The Tuareg musician’s first full-band studio album is an incandescent set of guitar music with a spontaneous, celebratory air—and a latent urgency reflecting the region’s very real difficulties.

Whether it’s stories about African-American legends reared on plantations in rural Mississippi or the apocryphal tale of a young Jimi Hendrix carrying around a broom until his family could afford a real guitar, blues and rock aficionados love a hardscrabble creation story. So it ... read more
I love the atmosphere of this album. This is a genre I know nothing about, but I was very pleasantly surprised. The guitar work sets the tone right away and it continues throughout the album. It's easily the best part and has a very memorable sound. The vocals were not as much of a standout but I wouldn't call them a weak point either. Them being in a different language didn't bother me, and in fact probably added to the atmosphere. Overall this album was a great introduction to the genre and ... read more
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Track List

  1. Kamane Tarhanin
  2. Asshet Akal
  3. Inizgam
  4. Anna
  5. Takamba
  6. Tarhatazed
  7. Wiwasharnine
  8. Ilana
  9. Tumastin
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Added on: March 28, 2019