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Si daty et Mounina – Ida haka إدا حكى album art

Contributed by Owen Gardner on Apr 3rd, 2020. Artwork published in .
    The artists’ names are set in Folio (which the uncredited designer might have known under the French name Caravelle) and the title and catalog number in Univers.
    Photo: Owen Gardner. License: All Rights Reserved.

    The artists’ names are set in Folio (which the uncredited designer might have known under the French name Caravelle) and the title and catalog number in Univers.

    One of relatively few commercial recordings, all for Casablanca’s Boussiphone, of the Mauritanian griot couple (for some reason credited only by their first names) Sidaty ould Abba and Mounina mint Eide. Sidaty’s reputation within Mauritania can hardly be overstated and his progeny, daughter Dimi mint Abba and stepgranddaughter Noura mint Seymali, are globally recognized. According to Discogs this was recorded in 1966, but according to an interview with Abderrahim Boussif it could not have been recorded before 1967.

    I was not able to identify the Arabic typeface; Monotype series 549 might be a candidate but I could not find an adequate specimen. I find the use of tatweel here curious—my understanding is that they are only used for justification but no such need appears to exist here unless they intended to align it with the Latin text below, in which case they fell so far short that I don't know why they bothered.
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    I was not able to identify the Arabic typeface; Monotype series 549 might be a candidate but I could not find an adequate specimen. I find the use of tatweel here curious—my understanding is that they are only used for justification but no such need appears to exist here unless they intended to align it with the Latin text below, in which case they fell so far short that I don't know why they bothered.

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    • Univers
    • unidentified typeface

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