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August 15, 2004

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The deep connection between the blues and North African music is a rather poorly kept secret. Check out for example the excellent two-CD set called _Desert Blues_ that was put out by Frankfurt's Network label in 1995. Or, for something bluesy from 2003, there's Malouma's sizzling _Dunya_ CD from Mauritania. Veils and turbans abound on performers who make you want to get up and dance. Malouma could show R.L. Burnside and Muddy Waters a thing or two.

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