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Agdal Reptiles On Majoun

Amira Saqati

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Album Review

The album, according to its press release, was inspired by a work of writer Paul Bowles, and "is the story of a snake leaving its body to get reincarnated with its soul and habits into a Jedba (Trance) musician, leading him to an unknown consciousness of aural sensations." Western listeners won't be able to follow that particular storyline, as the lyrics aren't in English. But it's an interesting, though not wholly successful, blend of traditional Moroccan elements with 1990s electronics. Not quite as conventional as much rai music (to which this bears some resemblance), but without as mind-blowing an impact as the musicians seem to be striving for.

Biography

Formed: 1995

Genre: World

Years Active: '90s

A side project of the Moroccan dub/trance/trad music group Aisha Kandisha's Jarring Effects, featuring four members of the band, who are augmented by several "Agdal-Garden All Stars" on their 1995 release, Agdal Reptiles on Majoun. They construct interesting amalgams of traditional Moroccan sounds with New Order-type sampling, Bronxish rap beats, and blasts of synthesizers and other sound effects. Synthesizers and samplers sit alongside violins, mandolin, flute, rai-type vocals, and some electronic...
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