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One in five West Berliners of North African origin, Moroccan music was a particularly logical area of exploration for local fusion-fanciers Die Dissidenten. Lem Chaheb, one of Morocco's most popular young groups, was an equally logical choice for a partner. The result is a pretty straightforward rock/Maghrebi fusion, with guitar and oud swapping dominance from track to track. ~ John Storm Roberts, Original Music, Rovi

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Sahara Elektrik

1983: After a tour of North Africa, the group sets up camp in Tangier, Morocco, The group becomes friend of the American composer and author Paul Bowles (The Sheltering Sky) who introduces DISSIDENTEN to some of the most outstanding Moroccan musicians. DISSIDENTEN‘s second album Sahara Elektrik is produced together with the Moroccan cult group Lem Chaheb in Tangier with the help of Abdessalam Akaaboune, one of the most influential powers behind the musical scene in Morocco. 1984/85: The track Fata Morgana becomes a hit in Spain and Italy and becomes a top dancefloor success. 250.000 Spaniards see and hear the band during a three-week tour. John Peel features the group in England, and the ‚dissimania‘ that had originally lbroken out in southern Europe spreads via the United Kingdom to North America, especially Canada. Sahara Elektrik makes it to the top of the Canadian independent charts. A European tour follows.

Arab Krauts!

I played this album to death for a year or so in the 80s. "World Music" was big at the time, and lots of Western rockers were messing around with Arabic, African and other traditions. Dissidenten was a combo of German and Moroccan musicians who whomped their Arab-Kraut fusion up to mighty levels of funk that occasionally sound like George Clinton. Listen to the first track and you'll get the idea. The last track is an add-on, by the way -- not bad, but not part of the original package, and you can instantly hear the difference. Skip it.


Genre: World

Years Active: '90s

Although the trio Dissidenten specializes in the exotic sounds of Africa, all three of their members -- Uve Müllrich, Marlon Klein, and Friedo Josch -- hail from Berlin, Germany. Originally formed in 1981, the trio issued a few self-financed singles, before touring Asia for the better part of a year. By 1982, the group had relocated to India, where they lived in the palace of Maharaja Bhalkrishna Bharti of Gondagaon in Madja Pradesh in central India. This proved to be the location where Dissidenten's...
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