CD out now
Imagine a conscious collision between Tinariwen and Natacha Atlas and you’ll begin to picture Nour, the superb new album from the remarkable Mauritanian singer and social activist Malouma.
She began to break taboos with songs about divorce in the 1980s and was banned in the 1990s for singing songs to unite the black and Moorish communities in Mauritania. Malouma’s activism led to her being elected as an MP to Mauritania’s upper house in January this year.
While rooted in traditional Moorish music, Nour draws widely from Arabic, African and Western forms – old and new. With this terrific album, Malouma has plugged the Sahara into the whole world and struck another blow for women’s rights in the process.
Reel News 8
DVD out now, £6
The latest issue of Reel News, a DVD news magazine produced by anti-capitalist activists, is out now.
It is devoted to last month’s demonstrations against the G8 summit in Rostock, Germany, that saw tens of thousands of protesters converge on the German resort.
“The huge success of the protests was down to a display of unity across all sections of the left on an unprecedented scale,” says Shaun Dey from the Reel News collective.
“But the protests have been ignored by the mainstream media in this country – as far as we know, Reel News is the only group in this country to produce a video so far.”
The DVD magazine contains 90 minutes of footage in 14 segments and can be ordered for £6 from the Reel News collective’s website at » www.reelnews.co.uk
Reel News will also be previewing footage from the video at a fundraising night on Friday 3 August at the Foundry, 84 Great Eastern Street, London EC2.