Saharan Group Doueh US Tour This Week


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By Blurt Staff


It’s a rarer-than-hen’s-teeth tour: Group Doueh (pronounced “doo-way”),
who play “raw and unfiltered Saharawi music from the former colonial Spanish
outpost of the Western Sahara,” kick off a US tour this week in Asheville, NC,
and will be criss-crossing the country until July 5 when the tour wraps in Cambridge, MA. If the
notion of “exotic sounds” for you extends even marginally past that of the
local blues band doing covers down at the corner pub, this tour’s for you, pal.
See the itinerary, below – and check out this live clip of the group in 2009.





Seattle’s esteemed Sublime Frequencies
is responsible for bringing the group to American ears and, now, to these
shores. The label’s owner first heart them via a song snatched from a AM radio
broadcast in Morocco
in 2005 (as well as an exploratory mission in 2006 that landed Hisham Mayet in
the group’s compound after chasing an overland trail all the way to the
Mauritanian border). A successful European tour with labelmate Omar Souleyman
in 2009 ensued and western audiences were finally able to witness the power of
the group’s mighty live shows. In 2010 Doueh hosted Tony Allen in his home town
and joined in on some of his dates in Europe. You
can read a very good live review of the band right here.


Frequencies have released three albums by the band in recent years, and a set
featuring the band at their most upfront and catchy should be released in time
for the tour.


Group Doueh have been playing in and around their
native homeland for over 27 years, the band morphing between acoustic and
electric modes with members of their family and friends joining the band as the
mood requires. Guitarist Bamaar Salmou, who is known simply as ‘Doueh’ and his
wife, vocalist Halima, bring their son on keyboards as well as three female
backing vocalists/percussionists. The group’s ancient/modern sound is rooted in
the traditional foundations of Sahrawi/Hassania music, but takes it in a
direction that is also entirely its own. It shares its roots with the
neighbouring styles of Mauritanian music – yet Group Doueh have managed to
transcend the limitations of that music with a fiery, independent, and
individualistic approach that incorporates a distinctly rock element anomalous
in the region.


Tour Dates:


June 23 – Asheville, NC / The Grey Eagle
June 24 – Minneapolis, MN / Cedar Cultural Center
June 25 – Cleveland, OH / Cleveland Museum of Art – Summer
Solstice Party
June 26 – Chicago, IL / Old Town School of Music
June 27 – Montreal / Montreal
Jazz Festival

June 28 – Vancouver, Canada / Vancouver International Jazz Festival
June 29 – Seattle, WA / Nectar Lounge
June 30 – Portland, OR / Mississippi Studios
July 1 – San Francisco, CA / Rickshaw Stop
July 2 – Philadelphia, PA / Johnny Brenda’s
July 3 – New York, NY / SummerStage Central Park
July 4 – TBA
July 5 – Cambridge, MA / Oberon


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