Noura Mint Seymali: Tzenni

Unique and rare sounds from the Middle East in a look at the creative publication's current music issue

Discovered by Sublime Frequencies and then released o”n the label’s compilation Choubi Choubi! Folk and Pop Sounds from Iraq, Yumma, al Hilou” is a track that we don’t know much about, other than the fact that it might translate to “Mother, Here’s My Beauty.” Having little background information on the song makes listeners soak up its complex, fast-paced rhythms, sliding fiddles and the chanting girls. Sublime Frequencies reveals that most of the music in this album was carefully selected from Iraqi cassettes and LPs found in Europe, Syria and even Iraqi neighborhoods in Detroit.