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The Tunisian percussionist Imed Alibi makes, according to producer Justin Adams, a “soundtrack for a new Arab version of the 21st century”.
The soundscape shimmers and shifts, processed and dubbed up; the muted trumpet on “Fanfare D’Alexandrie” could have soundtracked Lawrence Durrell. “Bounawara” growls and grows.
Emel Mathlouthi, the voice of the Arab Spring, adds a human touch on “Maknassy”.