I can’t speak to its authenticity, but it’s vivid and dramatic, swooping and soaring, sometimes sunny and sometimes stormy, digressing from its route to visit solos, but returning always to that unrelenting topline melody. Sometimes — very occasionally — they’re first with music too. That’s not true with Dissidenten. Their first one, Germanistan, recorded in with the Karnataka College of Percussion, served as the training ground for working in Tangiers on this, their seminal achievement and the most influential album of the last twenty years. Of these, Sahara Elektrik stood out the most for its innovative forms of expression, which were danceable and very accessible. The hippies gave way to the yuppies. In Madrid as in Silicon Valley, cellophane and packaging were more important than essence.
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It’s music that fires the imagination: Show 25 25 50 All. From there on out a field of almost infinite dahara opened up with a myriad of surprising fusions which are still being created today. Loading comments… Trouble loading?
You don’t need to know anything about Dissidenten or Lemchaheb to hear the wonder of Sahara Elektrik. Threads collapsed expanded unthreaded. Of these, Sahara Elektrik stood out the most for its innovative forms of expression, which were danceable and very accessible.
Utopia had been buried and in its place came the technocrats and stockbrokers who reveled in the new age. You need a valid account and be logged in to watch the full clips.
Dissidenten – Sahara Elektrik – WOMEX
I can’t speak to its authenticity, but it’s vivid and dramatic, swooping and soaring, sometimes sunny and sometimes stormy, digressing from its route to visit solos, but returning always to that unrelenting topline melody. It’s often said that the internet has taken the mystery out of music, that anyone can find out anything about any group now.
All he knew was that Dissidenten were from Berlin, and that they’d gone to Morocco to record an album with local musicans. A stringed instrument — an oud, I think, but I’m not putting my house on it — jumps in and sprints ahead, like a lone rider setting off before the full caravan — the bass, the percussion, the voices — follows on behind.
That’s the case with Dissidenten, a group from Berlin who were experimenting with mixing African and European music decades before Damon Albarn had thought of checking airfares to Mali. They were a mystery inwhen John Peel started playing a record they’d made called Sahara Elektrik. Inas the people of Spain were enjoying la movida the Madrid movementthis new genre went unnoticed among the reigning post-modernity.
Old music: Dissidenten – Sahara Elektrik
It was the first time that a work merged together two distinct types of music originating from different cultures without one prevailing over the other. It seems to begin with a musical pause for breath, as if the musicians realise they’ve got a long journey ahead of them.
These explorations continued and blossomed in with the recording of Sahara Elektrik, which was released months earlier than two other similar albums: All three sought to find a new egalitarian language for the diverse styles incorporated.
Sahara Elektrik feels to me like an exploration of an imagined North Africa, one where implausible excitement and unspoiled beauty exist side by side. To which I can add that the local musicians were called Lemchaheb, and that this was part of a pattern of Dissidenten visiting different countries to sup on their music. Order by newest oldest recommendations. It’s not just the sunloungers the Germans get to first. Topics Music Old music.
Old music: Dissidenten – Sahara Elektrik | Music | The Guardian
It’s music that fires the imagination. Yet, many rock fans embraced the new genre precisely because it was grounded in the authentic and the creative, while re-inventing the language of its expression.
Meanwhile in Africa itself, Fela Anikilapo Kuti was working on a new concept called Afrobeat, where he combined jazz and indigenous elements.
In Madrid as in Silicon Valley, cellophane and packaging were more important than essence. The hippies gave way to the yuppies. The problem is that myopic Brits often tend not to notice, and so the achievements of our brethren from mainland Europe are belittled or ignored. That’s not true with Dissidenten.
This album, recorded on the German label Exil, changed the course of contemporary popular music. Sometimes — very occasionally — they’re first with music too. Worldwide, the rock audience was competing with punk, the sounds of new wave, or techno-pop. And, really, there’s not a lot more I can be certain of — you can check out their German Wikipedia entry if you like, though the English translation raises as many questions as it answers.
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