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O Houria (Souad Massi)

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O Houria
Souad Massi
Wrasse WRASS277/Shock

by Michael Rofe on January 12, 2011 (January 12, 2011) filed under World | Comment Now
Souad Massi’s fourth studio disc in a decade shows a greater variety of styles, while still keeping strong her message of protest for political and social freedom in her native Algeria, particularly the struggle for women’s rights.

O Houria (Liberty) is a much more varied collection than her previous recordings. Co-produced by French singer Francis Cabrel, Mehdi Habbad from Duoud and Speed Caravan plays oud on the highlight All Remains to be Done, and Paul Weller sings and plays piano on the gentle duet Let me be in Peace.

Mixing Arabic and Western styles, Massi’s torch still burns bright.