06-30 Portland, OR - Mississippi Studios
07-01 San Francisco, CA - Rickshaw Stop
07-02 Philadelphia, PA - Johnny Brenda’s
07-03 New York, NY - SummerStage Central Park
The now legendary Group Doueh have been playing in and around their native homeland for over 27 years, the band morphing between acoustic and electric modes with members of their family and friends joining the band as the mood requires. The enigmatic guitar hero Bamaar Salmou, who is known simply as 'Doueh' (pronounced: 'Doo-way') and his wife, the incredible vocalist Halima, bring their son on keyboards as well as three female backing vocalists/percussionists. The group's ancient/modern sound is rooted in the traditional foundations of Sahrawi/Hassania music, but takes it in a direction that is also entirely its own. It shares its roots with the neighbouring styles of Mauritanian music - yet Group Doueh have managed to transcend the limitations of that music with a fiery, independent, and individualistic approach that incorporates a distinctly rock element anomalous in the region. This is a sound that can only come from the land that inspired it: the Sahara desert.
The discovery of the group by Sublime Frequencies, via a song snatched from a AM radio broadcast in Morocco in 2005 (as well as an exploratory mission in 2006 that landed Hisham Mayet in the group’s compound after chasing an overland trail all the way to the Mauritanian border) sealed the band’s relationship with the label. A successful European tour with labelmate Omar Souleyman in 2009 ensued and western audiences were finally able to witness the power of the group’s mighty live shows. In 2010 Doueh hosted Tony Allen in his home town and joined in on some of his dates in Europe. SF have released three albums by the band in recent years, and a set featuring the band at their most upfront and catchy should be released in time for this soon to be epic tour.