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Algerian Berber Music - Various Artists | Songs, Reviews ...
AllMusic Review by John Vallier
The Berbers, who were forced into the mountains by an influx of Islamic Bedouin Arabs in the 7th century, are considered to be among the most ancient of North African societies. On this Folkways recording, five tracks of Berber music, caught out in the field during the 1960s, have been brought together. The cuts on this record come from a specific group of Berbers known as the Kabyl (they speak a language of the same name, one which may belong to a linguistic family shared by Egyptian hieroglyphics). The Kabyl consider poetry and music to among the loftiest of art forms. A...