Souls of Old Men

"In the center of Fedora, that gray stone metropolis, stands a metal building with a crystal globe in every room. Looking into each globe, you see a blue city, the model of a different Fedora. These are the forms the city could have taken if, for one reason or another,…

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Combination Mining Hub and Salsa Ball

In a rather desolate mountain range of the Northern Mauritanian desert is the town of Zouérate. Iron ore was discovered in the 1950s, and led to a categorical influx of inhabitants to make the mining operations. Mauritanians from the capital, foreign experts from other African countries, and a sizable French…

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the springs

In light of recent events in Western Sahara, I thought I'd visit the subject. But it seems a little trite to talk about ethnology. So here's some music. Khomani is a young Spanish speaking guitarist from Laayoune. His brother, self taught for only the last few years, supports on the…

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Auld lang syne

Concert recording from Ibrahim of Tinariwen at the Fete du Chameau in Tessalit, Mali - New Year's Eve, 2009. (via rapidshare)

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tracklist from music from saharan cellphones

This little cassette of music ("Music from Saharan Cellphones") collected from cellphones has been in internet circulation lately (update -- and the Guardian UK). Pitchfork did a nice write-up on the phenomena of "musical scarcity", Rupture at Mudd Up! has given it some blog/radio play, and Portland's own Gulls put…

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electric relaxation

Jakwar (or Jagwar) is a style created by Jheich Ould Sedoum Ould Abba (arabic:ÃÌêÔ èäÏ ÓÏèå èäÏ), a tidnit player from Atar in Northern Mauritania. Jheich Ould Abba cassette (via VOA) Jheich played in the 1970's, an interesting moment in Mauritanian history. The country had just over a decade of…

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