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Album Review

Just in case you need an atlas to discover the location of the Comoros Islands, they're in the Indian Ocean. But you wouldn't really know it from this album, billed as an "acoustic fusion," which is as apt as anything. Nawal, who sings and plays guitar and gambusi is well backed by a pair of musicians, as well as a few guests. What can sound amateurish at times quickly becomes persuasive. She has a voice that nags pleasantly at the ear, drawing it in on her own material. Trying to discern the influences here becomes an intriguing, challenging task. There are traces of Africa, Indonesia, and Sufi chant which come together to form something unique and which works quite well. When the mbira, or thumb piano, is used, it comes as a surprise, but the mix of melody and rhythm in its play simply adds to the sound. It's possibly all too low-key to find a wide audience, and as it doesn't eschew any particular tradition, it stands well outside everything. But there's no doubt that Nawal has created something fascinating and individual here.

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A groovy, mystic pop diva with one foot in the traditions of the Indian Ocean, and the other in the global crosscurrents of modern life. Nawal's voice is powerful yet serene, and her arrangements are all acoustic including trancy rhythms, jazzy contrabass, mbira, and her gambusi which is kinda like a banjo. "Aman" is the long-awaited great successor to her first release "Kweli". (people should note that this Nawal from the Comoros Islands is not to be confused with the other Nawals from Kuwait or Lebanon) Also check her out live in concert if you can, its really an experience....


Born: November 18, 1966 in Kuwait City, Kuwait

Genre: World

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s

Nawal El Kuwaiti is a Khaliji superstar who is especially popular throughout the Persian Gulf states, though her popularity extends to other Middle Eastern countries such as Egypt and Lebanon. Born Nawal Thaher Al-Zaid on November 18, 1966, she made her commercial recording debut in 1983 and performed her first concert in 1984. From the beginning of her recording career, she chose to leave her albums untitled; consequently, her albums are generally billed in terms of release date. After establishing...
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