Sunday, July 2, 2017

Challengers: Dissidenten with Lemchaheb and "Fata Morgana"

One of the leaders of "world-beat" music, Germany's Dissidenten, bring us our random tune for today. Formed in 1981 in India, the band started their career with a year's tour of Asia and then returned to India and recorded their first album. In 1982 they moved to Morocco, where they recorded this song, Fata Morgana, along with the rest of their second album called Sahara Elektrik. Fata Morgana, which was recorded in collaboration with Moroccan musical group Lemchaheb and which is influenced by Dissidenten's electronic rock along with Lemchaheb's roots in gnawa, Berber music and rock, is an example of the collaboration with Middle Eastern, African and Indian musicians for which they have become known. Fata Morgana became a big dance hit in Europe. They have since moved a few more times as they've recorded more albums - twelve in all. You can find Fata Morgana on their 1984 album Sahara Elektrik.

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