The release of Noura’s debut album “Tzenni”(Glitterbeat/2014) launched her onto year-end top ten lists and the stages of renowned international festivals. Vice/Noisey hailed ”Tzenni” as "arguably the best psych / blues album of the year” and NPR noted: “the arrival of Mauritanian vocalist Noura Mint Seymali in front of Western audiences feels like the start of a new era.” In 2015, Noura was honored at the African Union's first-ever AFRIMA awards as the "Best Female Artist from North Africa” and this month, she joins Damon Albarn (Blur, Gorillaz) and The Orchestra of Syrian Musicians for a high-profile European tour presented by Africa Express.
And now Noura returns with a blistering second album, an album that will surely vault her to the next level of international acclaim. The album was recorded and mixed this year in NYC by Tony Maimone (Pere Ubu,The Mekons, Bob Mould) and was produced by Matthew Tinari, Noura's drummer (who also produced "Tzenni"). The band is heard here in full relief; soaring vocals and guitar at the forefront, the mesmerizing sparkle of the ardine, elemental bass lines and propulsive rhythms swirling together to conjure a 360 degree vibe.