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ARTIST
TITLE
Aljawal
FORMAT
LP

LABEL
CATALOG #
SNDW 052LP SNDW 052LP
GENRE
RELEASE DATE
11/26/2013

LP version. Comes with a download card. Soundway presents a unique record: a modern, haunting take on Sudanese music heard through the sonic lens of French artist/producer Débruit and the poetic, ethereal lyrics and melodies of Sudanese-born singer Alsarah. Aljawal (trans. "The Traveller") is a nomadic reflection for the 21st century. Each song reflects a new stop in the journey, with new cities and new people along the way. When Alsarah first heard Débruit's music, she sensed and recognized a fellow traveler through the space and geography of his influences, a sense of time and history coupled with a forward-thinking, futuristic outlook. Born in the capital city of Sudan, Khartoum, Alsarah spent the first eight years of her life here before she relocated to Taez, Yemen with her family to escape the ever-stifling regime in her native country. She abruptly moved to the U.S. in 1994, when a brief civil war broke out in Yemen, and has lived there to this day. Xavier Thomas revealed Débruit in 2008 with two sold-out 12"s for his and Fulgeance's Parisian Musique Large imprint. Three more EPs on Civil Music followed that included his hit "Nigeria What." Piquing interest from the likes of XLR8R, FACT, Benji B, and Gilles Peterson, his debut album From the Horizon came out in 2012. His dazzling live electronics show has taken him around the world, from Russia to New York, Glastonbury to Sónar. On Aljawal, he managed to capture and play with an analog sound that stretched the boundaries of the Sudanese rhythms and melodies that Alsarah had grown up with. A unique record was imagined and is finally presented here after a two-year interplay of ideas and interaction between France and Brooklyn, Alsarah's adopted home.