Ahmed Fakroun – Ahmed Fakroun

* 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

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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 ra’-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 ra’ club, somewhere in North Africa. – Peter Moore