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Songlines (06/03/2014)

ImageHow good is his oud?

Driss El Maloumi’s previous solo album L’Ame Dansée showed him to be one of the most promising oud (lute) players of his generation; Makan establishes him as one of the instrument’s finest performers. Right from the opening bars it is clear that you are listening to a real master, someone who combines a staggeringly secure technique with playful inventiveness. Although the compositions range widely in style and mood – from the traditional Maghrebi-influenced song ‘Ayour’ to the wild improvisations of ‘Safar’ – there is a twinkle-eyed joviality that colours everything.

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