folders from saharan laptops!

Trading some laptop tunes with a government employee in Mali, I copied a folder called Mali Rap -- featuring a few more tracks from Malian rapper Iba One. While Iba may not technically be from the Sahel, his digital version is. Iba One - Alhamdoulilaye Iba One - Yerefo Iba…

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in this case, we lute for ears

The four stringed African lute (previously) known by a variety of names across West Africa: Xalam in Wolof, Ngoni in Bambara, Tidnit in Hassaniya, Tehardine in Tamashek, Hoddu in Pulaar, and so on… The general construction and concept is the same. The resonator is made of wood from the Commiphora…

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the importance of a skypager.

Music from Saharan Cellphones Vol. 2 -- more of the same, if not an increased selection of sounds from Mauritania (referred to as "Jagwa" collectively east of Shinqit). Again, all mp3s collected in the town of Kidal, the quintessential desert crossroad. Some of the track titles are lost to the…

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series of tubes

Found while researching Chadian music - a film that looks like a U.S. corporate work training video, complete with Budda Bar-esque soundtrack. The video is clearly a propaganda short for an alliance of Chadian anti-government rebels. What was particular about this video was the dance sequence that appears halfway through…

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Ishilan N-Tenere

After a substantial work, we've finally wrapped up the first official release from SahelSounds. In collaboration with Mississippi Records, the record Ishilan N-Tenere features contemporary guitar music from three ethnic regions of the Sahel -- Fouta Toro, the Niger Buckle, and Adrar D'Ifoghas: "This compilation highlights recordings of local guitar…

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