Eghass Malan – Les Filles de Illighadad (2020) – Album Review

Album: Eghass Malan

Artist: Les Filles de Illighadad

Release Date: October 28, 2017

“Eghass Malan” by Les Filles de Illighadad is a refreshing and authentic exploration. This album is a journey that introduces listeners to the sounds and stories of the Tuareg people, presented with a balance of respect for tradition and an embrace of modern influences.

The album opens with its title track, “Eghass Malan,” which sets a strong presence – the combination of the tende drum and electric guitar establishes a rhythmic, mesmerizing base for the album. This song introduces the album’s central theme: a blend of the old and the new.

“Inssegh Inssegh,” the album’s second track, continues this vibe. The song’s rhythmic beats and vocal harmonies create a comforting and engaging sound. The lyrics, while in Tamasheq, convey feelings of nostalgia and a deep connection to nature, themes that are easily relatable regardless of language barriers.

The guitar work in “Imigradan,” the third track, reiterates the album’s thematic focus on the experiences and narratives of the Tuareg people. The guitar work in this piece is exquisite.

This album beautifully showcases the group’s vocal talent with its harmonious and soothing vocals – it speaks to themes of love and longing, resonating with a wide range of listeners. This album is a bridge between worlds, a celebration of the past, and a hopeful glance toward the future.

Les Filles de Illighadad have created a masterpiece that resonates with the soul and reminds us of the universal language of music.

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