Sahel Sounds film work & features in film

petit à petit

Over the past few weeks, I've been back in Niger working on a film project in Agadez with Jérome Fino from the Marseille-based collective l'improbable. In addition, we've been shooting some short music segments, many of which have now been edited and uploaded - including Group Inerane, the Cure Salee,…

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fist of sokoto

Martial arts films, like the aforementioned Hausa-Bollywood films, have inspired audiences that were not content to just watch and turned to film production. In Sokoto, the small city in the Northwest corner of the country, a martial arts school went one step further and created their own Kung Fu to…

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i sing the desert electric (download)

Recorded over the past three years "I Sing the Desert Electric" is a short film I've pieced together from video that I hastily shot while documenting music. Final Cut, a little post production, and voila. From fuzzy electric guitars of Mauritania to raucous electro-street parties of Bamako, public performance has…

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the malian cyborg wars

Wandering through Youtube, I recently stumbled across the work of Cheik Ouattara. Amongst the Malian Youtube content - an abundance of music video clips, ripped from the national television, ORTM - this was vastly different. A montage of shots shows what is undoubtedly Bamako, with the banks of the Niger…

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the talking cat of azawad

In the past year, the Northern portion of Mali slipped into chaos, leaving it without military or law. Islamist militants with a bad habit of kidnapping Westerners took control of the cities, and even the most dogged reporters beat a hasty retreat to the capital. Western media empires constructed around…

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