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ARTIST
TITLE
Liberté
FORMAT
CD

LABEL
CATALOG #
STCD 4001CD STCD 4001CD
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RELEASE DATE
10/16/2015

2002 release. Born in France to an Algerian Berber mother and a Spanish father, Kad Achouri grew up speaking four languages, studied piano at the conservatory in Toulouse, and played jazz in Barcelona before moving to London, where he fit right into the city's multicultural music scenes. He wrote and arranged music for Arabic pop star Natacha Atlas, and that led to recording Liberté in Athens with members of the Atlas band and some of the best jazz musicians in Greece. In addition to his piano, Achouri played flute and drums, programmed the electronics, and sang in French, Arabic, Spanish, and English. Billboard compared Achouri to Manu Chao -- with "a jazzier approach" -- and French critics likened him to Serge Gainsbourg (they would, wouldn't they?), while others were reminded of Caetano Veloso, David Byrne, or Ryuichi Sakamoto. The BBC called Liberté "absolutely superb."