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Imminent release of U-CEF's second, long awaited album

includes collaborations with Damon Albarn,
Justin Adams, Natasha Atlas,
Steve Hillage, Rachid Taha
and remixes
for Missy Elliott and Romeo

HEAR SAMPLES from halalwood


stickmp3sample feat. damon albarn




halalium front cover

Halalium represents the new wave of Arab electronica, from Morocco by way of New York and London. U-Cef keeps it all well rooted, however, with the Maghreb running deep throughout his music and acoustic instruments playing an important part in the sound; the closer, "Gnasaid," for example, is largely acoustic, revolving around the sintir with its flat desert tones. But listen elsewhere and there's plenty of house and hip-hop in the mix (check out "Aalash Kwawna" with its English rap and curious violin playing by an old Arab) and a flamenco influence that pervades "The Moorish Matador." A lot of the disc, however, returns to the Moroccan Gnawa sensibility, as on "Hijra," possibly the most complete piece on the album, which brings together all the elements -- the English and Arabic rapping and desert guitar from Justin Adams -- in perfect harmony with U-Cef's beats. He takes music into a territory that's new, with the vista completely open and available, and charts a first, exciting course through it. Where U-Cef will take it from here remains to be seen, but the potential is as limitless as the Sahara. ~ Chris Nickson, All Music Guide

Track Listings
1. Moorish matadoor
2. Aalash Kwawnamp3sample
3. Tagazoot
4. Hijra
5. Gazel fatma
6. Halal monk
7. Marrakech Raggamuffins
8. Bouhala
9. DJ Faisal
10. Maghreb
11. Sonic Moor
12. Gnasaid



spiritual beauty album cover

includes track 'Bouhala' from Halalium

world chill album cover

7. U-Cef - Aalash Kwawna

Carving out an already impressive niche for his own particular brand of Moroccan breakbeat, U-Cef continues to push the world boundaries. This track taken from his acclaimed debut 'Halalium' provides one of the album’s less frenetic moments awash with deep North African atmospherics and urban hip-hop undertones. (Phil Meadley)

pure global chillout album cover

Aalash kwawna

marrakesh mission album cover

8. Kalzoom - U-Cef feat. Amina

capoeira mataum album cover

includes track Marhabahia - U-Cef fuses Arabic with Brazilian influences in an utterly unique track. A deep rhythmic & hypnotic cut.

dj click labesse cover

includes track 'KALZOOM' - U-cef feat. Amina Annabi

world beat sessions album cover

3. MArhabahia

bushmen of the kalahari album cover
the very best of north africa album cover

track 2 - side 2 U-cef Tagazoot