Piracy, fun, terrorism.

Ishilan n Tenere has had its "official" African release -- a limited run of 100 cassettes produced with the crew from Mississippi Records, for African export only. Considering the conditions of the Sahel, with suffocating midday heat, corrosive sand, and the destructive hands of little children, the cassette seemed the…

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Sudan

In the late 70s and through the 80s, Peter Verney (of Sudan Update and The Rough Guide to Music of Sudan) lived and worked extensively in Sudan...and happened to record some of the popular musicians at the time. "Gedaref, Eastern Sudan 1978: Home-made guitar and bass, tea-chest speakers and goatskins…

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colors, colors, colors

Mohamed Siyed sports a signature draa and a pair of black rimmed glasses. An iggiw, a member of one of the many music families in Mauritania, Mohamed plays the wedding circuit with his family, originally from Ayoun Atrous in the Hodh, the eastern stretch of the habitable Mauritanian desert bordering…

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wedding

Blinding headlights streak by, headed South towards the river, towards Senegal. A cold wind blows. I'm waiting amongst the broken down husks of cars, intermittently illuminated to reveal oil stained sand, discarded pieces of automobiles, and plastic refuse dancing in the dark. My phone buzzes, a figure across the highway…

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