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Ahmed Fakroun

Ahmed Fakroun

PMG
PMG031
Release Notes
  • A captivating collection of early works by Lybian pop giant Ahmed Fakroun
  • Ranging from 1974 to 1979
  • For fans of 10 CC, Men At Work, Laid Back, Mano Negra
  • Filled to the last groove with catchy yet haunting ethno pop tunes
  • Partly produced by legendary Tommy Vance
  • Excellent sound and performance by high class professional musicians
  • First ever official release on vinyl and CD
  • Fully licensed
  • Remastered audio
  • LP housed in a superheavy 430g art carton cover
  • CD Housed in a rock solid jewel case
  • Ultimate collectors item for fans of 1970s ethno pop and rock with an Arab heritage

Insanely popular across the Maghreb, name-checked in international spy novels and beloved of music adventurers like David Byrne, Libyan superstar Ahmed Fakroun is the most astounding raï-disco-electronica pioneer you never heard of. His 1983 album, Mots D’Amour, recently reissued by PMG, is regarded as a global fusion classic. This self-titled anthology of songs from the late 70’s is an altogether mellower affair. The grooves are slower and sweeter, and Fakroun’s multi-instrumentalist chops on the saz, mandol and darbouka drum really come to the fore. The album includes tracks from two of Ahmed’s rarest and most sought-after 7”s. ‘Nysan’ has an almost West Coast vibe: think Ned Doheny via Benghazi. Balearic-minded collectors will love the haunting flute runs in ‘Awedny’, produced by Tommy Vance, and ‘Njoom Al Leyel’. There’s even a touch of lilting reggae on ‘Falah’ and ‘Yu Hussad.’ Ahmend Fakroun is the perfect late night, come-down album. Especially after a hot and sweaty evening in a raï club, somewhere in North Africa. – Peter Moore