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Real World: “M'berra” by Khalab & M'berra Ensemble - BUY

"M'berra" by Khalab & M'berra Ensemble is the second release of 2021 by Peter Gabriel's label.

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"M'berra" is a collaboration between the Italian electronic artist Khalab and individual musicians he met during a trip to the M'berra refugee camp in Mauritania.

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"M'berra" is the sound, the story, of a collective of Malian musicians from the M'berra refugee camp in south-eastern Mauritania and of the Italian producer and electro-shaman Khalab.

In a sprawling tent city that rises from the desert, out of nowhere, on the border with Mali in West Africa, gathered by spirit and circumstances, the Arab and Tuareg members of the group - some unknown, others who have already toured Europe - find solace. and beauty in music and song.

Raffaele Constantino aka Khalab is a producer with a psychedelic perspective and a deep love for African music and Afro-futurism.

Already acclaimed for a work saturated with loops, repetitions, trance and transcendence, for collaborations with Malian percussionist Baba Sissoko, his 2018 album "Black Noise 2084 (On the Corner)" and the subsequent series of mixes and featuring by artists including the famous British black reedman Shabaka Hutchings have made Khalab a big name.

Among the many musicians of the M'berra Ensemble are Amano Ag Issa and Mohammed Issa Ag Oumar from Tartit, the highly regarded group from the Tombouctou region in northern Mali.

They recall their past in various ways and reclaim their present with fierce and gritty voices; brandishing electric guitars and traditional instruments - the lute-like tehardent, the single-stringed imzad - in 12 songs that tell of resistance and freedom, of storms and moons in the desert.

The project was made possible thanks to the support of INTERSOS, an Italian humanitarian organization that works all over the world to bring assistance to people in danger, victims of natural disasters, armed conflicts or living in conditions of extreme exclusion.

The vinyl edition of the album will be available in a deluxe gatefold box with yellow LP and a 32-page booklet - a stunning visual accompaniment showing photographs of the musicians at the M'berra camp captured by French photographer Jean-Marc Caimi next door. written reports of the project told from different perspectives. The album is also available digitally and on CD (with accompanying booklet).

From the press release.

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Real World: Peter Gabriel's touch on Loney dear's “A Lantern And A Bell” album - BUY

Real World: "A Lantern and a Bell" is Loney dear's second album to be released on Real World Records and Gabriel was closely involved in making the record.

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«Sad soulful melodies that create a space in your head that is filled with memories, dreams and tenderness. I am very proud to work with such a gifted songwriter. When you are isolating yourself, what could be better than being enveloped in these beautiful imaginative constructions - the work of a master»Writes on his website Peter Gabriel about the album.

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Nine seemingly simple and accessible compositions, with Svanängen's unmistakable falsetto front and center of the mix and his melancholy piano accompanied by wonderfully subtle and imaginative electronic soundscapes.

It's a layered album of emotions and meanings.

Press review:

"Trifles ... the perfect song for newcomers to discover the magic of Loney Dear". Sunday Times Culture

"The simple romanticism of the piano chords in the minor key of A Lantern And A Bell showcases Svanangen's enviable melodic gifts." UNCUT

"The simple arrangements - just its warm falsetto and piano, with sounds of water and seabirds passing overhead - foster a thoughtful, beach bonfire spirit." MOJO

"A Lantern And A Bell is a wonderful album. Nine songs, beautifully constructed, expertly performed and written from the heart, with messages delivered by the voice of an angel." Louder Than War

"Emil Svanängen re-emerges from a 'state of despair' with a soft reaffirmation of strength in minimalism ... a welcome return of a craftsman of elegant understatement". Record collector

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