Soha: D'ici et d'ailleurs/From Here and Elsewhere (EMI)

 |   |  <1 min read

Soha: Mil Pass (with Antoine Essertier
Soha: D'ici et d'ailleurs/From Here and Elsewhere (EMI)

Gotta say that although the title of this one had immediate appeal for obvious reasons this Algerian-French singer from Marseilles almost lost me at "Hello".
In the first few seconds of this album she has that "little girl" voice thing going that I thought was the sole preserve of American pop singers in their late 20s (and they and their fans are welcome to it, I live in An Adult World).
Fortunately the supple beats kick in, there are Cuban influences scattered throughout, her voice has a latent power, the accordion chugs and swoons, and while she seduces with some lovely ballads and sun-soaked melodies (the beach-friendly Ma Melancolie) there is also a jazzy quality that is very appealing as she slips past notes and the grooves lay right back.
She pulls in a bit of hip-hop and chanson too, sings in French and Spanish (and a few words in English) and is a bit hard to categorise. And that's generally a good thing.
Enjoy.

Share It

Your Comments

Jamie - Dec 21, 2008

I don't think I've had an "Album of the Summer" before! We in Hawke's Bay have had a blazing late spring, early summer, and on many an evening I have sat down in the garden, as the day cools, cold beer in hand, and put this album on. Beaches, oceans, islands, colourful markets, gorgeous brown and bronzed bodies all begin to swirl around my small backyard! Evocative, groovy, sexy and eclectic are all words that spring to mind. Mmmmmm. Nice.

post a comment

More from this section   World Music articles index

Ustad Dildar Hussain Khan: Sur Sangeet (Kanaga)

Ustad Dildar Hussain Khan: Sur Sangeet (Kanaga)

At any Womad one of the most transcendental and transporting musical events is when singers of the Sufi qawwali tradition appear. Usually fronting a large group of supportive singers and... > Read more

The Yamato Ensemble: Japanese Music by Michio Miyagi, Vol 1 (ARC/Elite)

The Yamato Ensemble: Japanese Music by Michio Miyagi, Vol 1 (ARC/Elite)

Although he lived in the first half of the 20th century, the famous Japanese composer Michio Miyagi -- whose works are featured here -- actually belonged to a much older world. He wrote in the... > Read more

Elsewhere at Elsewhere

CAN'T BE SATISFIED, THE LIFE AND TIMES OF MUDDY WATERS by ROBERT GORDON

CAN'T BE SATISFIED, THE LIFE AND TIMES OF MUDDY WATERS by ROBERT GORDON

When McKinley Morganfield’s grandmother named him Muddy after the nearby Mississippi and he later took the surname Waters, there seemed something oddly symbolic in it. Here was man who... > Read more

Guy Davis: Skunkmello (Red House)

Guy Davis: Skunkmello (Red House)

Before you look at the title and the cover art -- Davis laughing and surrounded by smoke -- let's get it straight: this isn't a stoner album but (apparently) takes its title from a notorious... > Read more