Magazine article New Internationalist

Liberte by Kad Achouri

Magazine article New Internationalist

Liberte by Kad Achouri

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(Stern's Music STCD4001 CD)

The way that music may change the world, suggests Kad Achouri, is not through assault but by more gentle methods. To this end, Achouri - now resident in London after leaving France - has come up with the mellifluous, jazz-inflected Liberte, which showcases both prodigious ability and a reflective maturity. The word `liberty' features heavily in Achouri's debut album. There's the liberty of the opening track (adapted from a poem by Paul Eluard), which exudes a carefree aroma across soft reggae and catchy chorus lines. Then there's the `liberty' that's growled out on `Il Faut Que Ca Change' (`Change is necessary'). `Liberte, egalite - va t' faire niquer' - an obscene corruption of the French Republic motto to reflect, perhaps, the rage and despair of undocumented migrants (the sans papiers) and others facing the loss of any hope of `fraternite'. …

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