Zerzura, crowdfunding for a magical city

We recently launched a Kickstarter campaign for our new film "Zerzura" - a modern Tuareg folktale. You can check out the trailer at the above link. The film follows a young man from in Niger who leaves home in search of an enchanted oasis. His journey leads him into a surreal vision of the Sahara, crossing paths with djinn, bandits, gold seekers, and migrants.

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Kologo Power!

This is Kologo Power! by Various The Kologo is a lute from Northern Ghana. It is physically very similar to many of the other versions of the "tradi-guitar" in West Africa (hoddu, xalam, tidnit, terhadant, ngoni), but for it's minimal design - a calabash, covered in goat skins, and boasting…

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Akounak DVD

Akounak Tedalat Taha Tazoughai is now available! The first ever Tuareg language fictional film, based on the legendary rock-u-drama “Purple Rain,” Akounak or “Rain the Color Blue with a Little Red in it” explores the world of a musician trying to succeed in the raucous subculture of the Niger guitar…

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new age bamako

In 2015, I had the opportunity to work on a bit of a dream project entitled Uchronia, an exhibition and recording lying somewhere between conceptual art and experimental ethnography. The process was a series of collaborative "fake" ethnographies (or ethnographic forgeries) - a very flagrant self conscious expression in a…

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the tour politic

The next tour of Mdou Moctar is now underway - a short summer tour spanning the European continent. Because of certain visa problems, the tour was nearly canceled, but it fights its way forward. Mdou and the band were scheduled to begin the tour on July 6th, their first tour…

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Kader Tarhanine and Group Afous D’Afous

Kader Tarhanine is the musician that you don't know about, but should. The "you" in question is the presumed readership of the blog, which with the wide reach and randomness of the internet could be really anyone, but would assume to exclude most Tuareg's themselves - one of the contradictions…

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