Saturday, April 21, 2012
everyone is my friend.
Still unknown in the West, Ooleya Mint Amartichitt is on her way to becoming the new star of the Mauritanian Griot universe. Her singing blends traditional and modern elements, and is distinguished by an extremely wide vocal range. Today her fame spreads to the Arabic Peninsula where she is called upon to perform, ever filled with the nostalgia of the nomadic times. Intelligent, beautiful, and brilliant, Ooleya Mint Amartichitt sings her poetry surrounded by brothers and sisters completely attentive to her talent. When her rugged yet sophisticated voice mixes with those of her sisters, the effect is almost hallucinogenic. She praises the former dignitaries of her tribe, and those of the Ulad Mubarak, but she also evokes the warriors, the villages, and the encampments of yesteryear before the droughts pushed the tribes south to settle in the region of Ouarchat. - mondomix
one of the most arresting & haunting set of vocals i have ever heard ranking up with my favorite yma sumac. don't sleep on this one, this is a game changer. again, if anyone knows of more records from her, please let me know. i need more of her in my life. includes booklet & cover scans.