pekane

Souleyman Marr - Pekane In the fluvial region of Northern Senegal, Fouta Toro retains some of the remnants of the highly stratified society it once was. Cuballo are the fisherman caste. They're not low of the hierarchical strata, somewhere below the "nobles", but well above the blacksmiths and griots. As…

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down and out in the mp3 market

marche cheb chebJust across from the twin towers of the Saudi Mosque, there is a market colloquially known as "hot point" or "cheb cheb" (Wolof for "thief"). On the streetside, young men huddle in groups, selling old battered cellphones from each hand, Nokia chargers trailing from pockets. Old men crouch…

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memory cards for africa

Last year Portland producer Gulls (boomarmnation) put together an incredible remix/edit of Mdou Moctar's track Tahoultine, featured on the "Music from Saharan Cellphones - Vol. 1". Soon after, Boomarmnation began "Music for Saharan Cellphones," a project of remixes and reinterpretations of tracks selected from the cassette: "Drawing on gifted producers…

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bridges and tunnels

First, the kickstarter has been successfully funded, currently at 150% of the goal, so a big thank you to everyone. "Music from Saharan Cellphones" LP is on the horizon. There's also a remix/reinterpretation project on the way via boomarmnation and rumors of a mysterious 7"...more to come soon. I'll be…

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gargando mon beau village

The first rains were falling outside Timbouctou. A cold wind carried the bruised clouds over the river and the waving grasses, dampening the scorched ocher of red earth. I remember hearing about Abba, listening to a muffled cassette in Nema, across the border in Mauritania. The rain was also falling…

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kickstarters for vinyl of music from saharan cellphones

The new proverb says "all roads lead to Kickstarter," and I've joined the fray in this latest push -- to bring "Music from Saharan Cellphones" to a vinyl. In a rather ironic twist the musicians whose sounds were found on communication devices are incredibly difficult to locate. Google search algorithms…

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