M’berra by Khalab & M’berra Ensemble out today

Available on CD, Vinyl and digital platforms

The new album by Italian electronic artist, M'berra, is out today. It is a collaboration with musicians living in the M'berra refugee camp located in Mauritania near the border with Mali. Described as a 'docu-fiction', the album is a record of Khalab's visit to the camp in 2017.

Raffaele Constantino a.k.a. Khalab is a producer with a psychedelic perspective and deep love of African music and indeed, Afro-futurism. Already acclaimed for an oeuvre saturated with loops, repetitions, trance and transcendence, for collaborations with the likes of Malian percussionist Baba Sissoko, Khalab is even more lauded today. His pivotal 2018 album Black Noise 2084 (On the Corner) and subsequent series of mixes and features from artists including celebrated black British reedsman Shabaka Hutchings have made Khalab a name to drop.

Amongst the many musicians in the M’berra Ensemble are Amano Ag Issa and Mohammed Issa Ag Oumar of Tartit, the much-feted group from the Tombouctou region of northern Mali. They variously recall their past and reclaim their present with proud, gritty vocals; wielding electric guitars and traditional instruments — the lute-like tehardent, the single-string imzad — across 12 tracks that tell of resistance and freedom, of desert storms and desert moons.

The project was made possible through the support of INTERSOS, an Italian humanitarian aid organisation that works all over the world to bring assistance to people in danger, victims of natural disasters, armed conflicts or living in conditions of extreme exclusion.

A brand new website has just launched as a companion to the album, featuring stories, videos and stories about the project.

The vinyl edition of the album is available in a deluxe gatefold package with yellow LP and a 32-page storybook — an extraordinary visual accompaniment showing photographs of the musicians at the M’berra camp captured by French photographer Jean-Marc Caimi alongside written accounts of the project told from a number of perspectives. The album is also available digitally, and on CD (with accompanying booklet).

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  • M’berra

    Khalab & M’berra Ensemble

    Released 21 April 2021

    M’berra is the sound, the story, of a collective of Malian musicians from the M’berra Refugee Camp in southeast Mauritania and Italian producer and electro-shaman Khalab. In a sprawling tent city rising out of the desert, out of nothingness, at the border with Mali in West Africa, brought together by spirit and circumstance, the group’s Arab and Tuareg members find solace and beauty in music and song.

By Online Editor

Published on Fri, 23 April 21

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