message in a bottle

Hamadt Ka is one of Nouakchott's crop of modern singer/songwriters. He lives in Basra, between the town and the sea. The sand streets are quiet and the houses are staggered. Many of the residents are Pulaar and Wolof, having left the cramped transient quarters of Cinquieme to build in a…

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prayer call

A pentatonic Quran recitation, early morning in the mountain village of Timtendech (Adrar, Mauritania). morning prayer call

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Malaila

A short cd run of Malian centric field recordings that I put together for the USC Africa Health Initiative fundraiser. The image is inspired (and lifted) from the photographs of Seydou Keïta, Malian studio photographer renowned for his use of African fabrics in the compositions. download here

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masala

The trans-cultural exchange in musical phenomena, peripheral to the song as it may be is often at the forefront of discussion. Understandably so. The story of the creation of a style can read like an epic -- it appeals to the old folk concept of the passage of music with…

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Hausa Party

If there is a central motif that immediately stands out when one thinks of Bollywood, it would be the song and dance. There are other common themes -- an unrequited love between a hero and girl, an evil villain, and a supporting cast (the bumbling friend, the police "inspector"). In…

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