The Kabylie mountain dwellers of Algeria maintain a fierce cultural independence. The backbone of the resistance against the French, they have since proven a thorn in the side of the independent government. Musically, they have contrived both to preserve their tradition and to refresh it. These recordings include several by the great Kabylie women singers, Hanifa, Djamila, as well as the superb younger Daughters of Djudjura, plus examples of traditional double reeds and drumming. Much of the music is not so much traditional as popular-infused-by-traditional. Adequate English notes are included.
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