The Rough Guide to the Music of North Africa

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The Rough Guide to the Music of North Africa
Compilation album by
Various artists
Released18 November 1997
GenreWorld, North African music
LabelWorld Music Network
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The Rough Guide to the Music of North Africa is a world music compilation album originally released in 1997. Part of the World Music Network Rough Guides series,[1] the album contains five Algerian tracks, five Egyptian, two Sudanese, and two Moroccan, focusing mainly on modern music but including some traditional works. The compilation was produced by Phil Stanton, co-founder of the World Music Network.[2]

Adam Greenberg of AllMusic gave the album four stars, calling it a "rather comprehensive" overview of the region's genres and a "worthwhile listen."[3] Michaelangelo Matos, writing for the Chicago Reader, called the album's tracks "effortlessly tuneful", stating "this is what college radio in the Sudan should sound like."[4]

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleArtist (Country)Length
1."M'Hainek Ya Galbi"Cheb Kader Algeria4:50
2."Douni el Bladi"Cheb Mami Algeria5:22
3."Habibi"Ali Hassan Kuban Egypt4:19
4."Lama Bada Yata Sama"Hossam Shaker Egypt3:44
5."Tahrimni Minnak"Abdel Aziz El Mubarak Sudan6:44
6."Dannab"Abdel Karim el Kabli Sudan5:13
7."Ashranda"Hamza El Din Egypt4:53
8."Mambo el Soudani"Salamat Egypt4:04
9."Maqsoum"Mahmoud Fadl Egypt2:38
10."Koubou Koubou"Cheb Khaled Algeria7:40
11."La Vérité"Chaba Fadela & Cheb Sahraoui Algeria6:20
12."Bechri Lina"Adnan Sefiani Morocco7:04
13."Vent de la Montagne/Six Sous"Houria Aïchi Algeria3:05
14."Nikriz"Hassan Erraji Morocco5:02
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4/5 stars[3]


  1. ^ Douglas H., Henkle (2012-10-23). "Rough Guide Discography / World Music Network Discography". FolkLib Index : A Library of Folk Music Links. Retrieved 2013-12-21.
  2. ^ World Music Network. "About Us - The WMN Story". Retrieved 2013-12-21.
  3. ^ a b Greenberg, Adam. "Various Artists - Rough Guide to the Music of North Africa". Allmusic. Retrieved 9 Jan 2014.
  4. ^ Matos, Michaelangelo (5 November 1998). "A Rough Guide to the Rough Guides". Chicago Reader. Retrieved 2014-01-10.