Noura Mint Seymali puts Mauretania on the map of the music circuit. Young Mauritanian singer Noura Mint Seymali is the daughter of Dimi Mint Abba – the ‘Diva of the Desert’. Noura fuses ancient and modern Moorish influences, blending psychedelic guitars and transcendental grooves with impassioned, commanding vocals.
Her music is not genteel "world music by numbers". This is hard hitting, uncompromising stuff. And the live shows of her and her band are sensational, be it at World Music or Rock festivals, be it at clubs or at the Barbican in London.
This is isn't the desert blues as much as it is full-blown desert psychedelia.
# 1 European World Music Charts 9/2014.