Dahmane Ben Achour,
Société du Malouf de la ville de Souk Aharas
3ème festival de musique Andalouse - Alger 1972 - Vol. 7
Mahrajan - Club du Disque Arabe - CDA LP 72596 -
A1 Noubat el Hsine 19.06 Dahmane Ben Achour
B1 Nouba Raml el Maya 23.54 Société du Malouf de la ville de Souk Aharas
This is an LP that has one side dedicated to one of my absolute favourite singers.
Dahmane Ben Achour (1912 -1976)
His real name was Achour Abderrahmane, born on the 11th of march 1912 in Ouled Yaïch (Blida). Having lived a long part of his life in Alger he died in 15th of September 1976 back in Blida , after an astounding career as a well renowned singer, having started out as with his father as a barber occationally singing for weddings, he gradually rose to fame and became professional.
This record has a live version of Noubat Elh'sine, one of the pieces that together with the Noubat Ezzidane: Ellouzou Fatheh are some of his very best! It does not have all the intensity of Ellouzou Fatheh but it will give you an idea. His rhythmically unbound pieces are my favourite, but it does not matter much what he sings, as he always touches me and makes me feel, that at least I did not waste my life totally, I got to listen to Dahmane Ben Achour, who originally was a barber but rightly became a celebrated singer with his own weekly concert slot on the young Algerian TV!
The group on the B-side I have been unable to locate any significant information about and although the music in parts is very good the singing is not better than average.
One of the LP-covers from the first festival in 1967.
This is, as you can see, only one of the volumes from the third festival and it is volume 7,
Altogether there were 10 LP's published that year only, as you can see on the list below, so there are quite a few more to unearth and dig out of their various dusty hiding places.
I know for certain, that at least two more later festivals where registrations were made, were published and issued on LP and K7. Someone I know, at least has a set of open reel tapes from some of the other concerts from various years, and someone else, that I know, know someone else, that has the volumes 2, 6 and 9 of this 3rd festival. Hope you are watching ;-)
So it is time again to take inventory!
Prod. R.T.A. 1er Festival de musique andalouse (Alger 1967) :
Musique classique arabe. Coffret 06 disques
Prod. R.T.A. 2ème Festival de musique andalouse (Alger 1969) :
Musique classique arabe. 2 Coffrets de 06 disques
Prod. R.T.A. 3ème Festival de Musique Andalouse (Alger 1972) :
Musique classique arabe. Coffret 10 disques
Anyone with recordings or information are welcome to participate and contribute. If you do have more information about the recordings mentioned in this post, or from festivals from other years, please leave a comment!
More to read here
And here are some pages on arabo-andaluse music that I wrote some years back in Swedish only, but has a discography that is understandable to most people and you can always google translate and look at the pictures.