Magazine article New Internationalist

Fucking Cowboys

Magazine article New Internationalist

Fucking Cowboys

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Fucking Cowboys

by Gnawa Diffusion (Uncivilized World 6132702 CD + DVD)

Cheerfully describing themselves as a band of ruffians, Gnawa Diffusion are, as the abrasive naming of this album suggests, a bunch of musical chancers that have spent the past 15 years making a most glorious rumpus. Of the same sensibility as the raï-Gypsy-punk Les Négresses Vertes some years ago, the eight-strong Gnawa Diffusion hail from an alternative France - a place where immigrant music sounds and the realities of post-colonial politics collide.

By rights, Fucking Cowboys has much to be angry about. Recorded live in Paris in 2006 at a concert to celebrate the 10th anniversary of their debut album, Algeria, the band's themes - racism, poverty, exclusion - have remained constant throughout. …

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