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Monday 20 March 2023

Public Service Announcement

I know a number of our regular readers are big fans of North African guitar sounds. So this is to alert them to the impending release of an excellent compilation of the one of the pioneers of the scene, Les Abranis.

Les Abranis were formed in Paris in 1967 by two exiled Algerian Berbers who hatched a plan to fuse their traditional rhythms and melodies with garage rock and psychedelia - a plan that worked out brilliantly.    

The compilation is called "Amazigh Freedom Rock 1973-1983", it comes out on the Bongo Joe label at the end of April and is available for pre-order on Bandcamp now. I suggest you get over there pronto.

"Chenar Le Blues" - Les Abranis

"Id Ed Was" - Les Abranis

It seems that the lads are still going strong. Here is a fine clip of them from ten years ago to see us out.

1 comment:

  1. Ernie, you deserve a medal for for your unstinting dedication to educating the ignorant and unwashed (oh, just me for the latter?) on the musical treasures to be found around the world. Just the fact that there's a label called Les Disques Bongo Joe would have been enough, to be honest, but I'm loving what I've heard of Les Abranis so far. Ticket to ride duly booked.