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Top 10 World Music CDs

NURU KANE
December , 2006

Sigil
World Music Network

A native of Dakar, Nuru Kane puts his own spin on the African "desert blues" mini-genre with this album. Instruments from across the world, including accordion, violin, oud and acoustic guitar, simmer below his raspy yet keening vocals. But it's the guimbri that's the most unforgettable aspect of this disc, rumbling and roaring with enough bass pressure to make your ears pop. Sigil is a multicafeted record, combining the bent guitar notes of Ali Farka Toure and John Lee Hooker with subtle, beautiful vocal interplay-and layering it atop the thundering bass, handclaps and clattering percussion of Gnawa trance music.