I saw Mdou at Solid Sound Festival a couple of years ago. He was amazing, and blew the crowd (and myself) away with a mesmerizing performance. I love the combination of psychedelic rock and African music/rhythms. sylvester66
I love this album. It's wonderfully lush and so beautiful. And while I love the entire album, I always start at Tihoussay, because it's a perfect song (and the next two tracks are nearly as awesome). This may sound overly effusive, but after several months listening to this album in its entirety I have yet to find anything about that I don't love (and seriously, Tihoussay is a perfect song). at_wonders
This album perfectly fuses blues, rock, and north African traditional sounds. The female choir-like and solo singing send this over the top.
I kept thinking this sounded Malian. I’m no expert, but after Amadou y Mariam I got the idea that Malian music has a lot of Western influence, particularly in the vocals. Less nasally and more melodic, to my ear. Turns out this band is from Mali, but emigrated to the Saharan region.
This has reinvigorated my interest in African desert blues music