World Music Charts Europe No. 1 for November 2016, Na Sane by Noura Mint Seymali, one of Mauritania’s foremost musical ambassadors, who’s come a long way since her international break out two years ago.
From NPR’s Anastasia Tsioulcas a few months ago:
It was just two years ago that Mauritanian vocalist Noura Mint Seymali hit the international scene — but now, it’s hard to imagine the scope of African music without her. The singer and her band blow listeners away with giddily woozy and dreamlike vocals; blistering guitar played by her husband, Jeiche Ould Chighaly; and the grounding elements of Ousmane Touré’s bass and Matthew Tinari’s drums.
Now, Seymali is about to release her second internationally available album, Arbina. She’s kicking things off with a video — for her song “Na Sane” — that gives audiences abroad a little glimpse of her native land, which is wedged between the Berber and Arab countries of northwestern Africa and the sub-Saharan south.