Introducing: Akim el Sikameya
Akim El Sikameya
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||Chouia l'mon cœur||Akim El Sikameya||4:12||0,99 €||View in iTunes|
||La ruban noir||Akim El Sikameya||3:59||0,99 €||View in iTunes|
||Le sultan tyran||Akim El Sikameya||4:27||0,99 €||View in iTunes|
||Ya Waadi||Akim El Sikameya||4:05||0,99 €||View in iTunes|
||Ma chaude comme le braise||Akim El Sikameya||2:44||0,99 €||View in iTunes|
||Cahwa et fleur d'oranger||Akim El Sikameya||3:01||0,99 €||View in iTunes|
||Sa majesté Lila||Akim El Sikameya||4:06||0,99 €||View in iTunes|
||Leila||Akim El Sikameya||3:50||0,99 €||View in iTunes|
||La fille du Wali||Akim El Sikameya||4:38||0,99 €||View in iTunes|
||Amertume||Akim El Sikameya||3:43||0,99 €||View in iTunes|
||Selma et Samia||Akim El Sikameya||5:11||0,99 €||View in iTunes|
Algerian-born singer and violinist Akim El Sikameya has a unique voice. It's high but full — until you get used to it, it's easy to believe you're listening to a female. Add to that his take on Arab-Andalusian melodies, often veering into jazz (as on "Amertume") and you have a very interesting figure. There are love songs, controversial lyrics against the dangers of fundamentalism — which forced him to move to France in 1994 — all cast in the general musical framework (it's worth pointing out that this album isn't really an introduction — he's had three previous CDs). That he's accomplished is beyond doubt, as "Ya Waadi" won an award in 2007, and his band is very tight, mixing roots (accordion and bouzouki) with the more modern or even unusual (charango and saxophone). The problem is that much of the music comes out sounding quite homogenous. There are a few moments of distinction, but far too often it's simply bland, no matter how well it's played. That's unfortunate, because there's obviously a talent here trying to get out.