Les Filles de Illighadad Fall Tour 2016

Les Filles de Illighadad arrived in Europe yesterday, and have begun their debut tour across the EU! The four piece, all hailing from the village of Illighadad in the region of Abalak, plays a combination of tende and guitar music. Tuareg guitar music as a genre is increasingly familiar outside…

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a story of sahel sounds

Our friends at the Neopan Kollektiv have finished up their documentary "A Story of Sahel Sounds." The film is what it says on the tin. A few years back, the filmmakers reached out about a project to document the work of Sahel Sounds. Over the past 3 years, the film…

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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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