two sides of illighadad

Les Filles de Illighadad by Fatou Seidi Ghali & Alamnou Akrouni The new record of Fatou Seidi Ghali and Alamnou Akrouni - "Les Filles de Illighadad" - might be called "traditional music," for lack of a better word. It's that music that fills the day to day aspect, a constant…

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into the norient

Very excited to be part of two exciting programs in the coming weeks. I'm off to Europe, and will be joining Norient for their 2016 Musikfilm Festival in Bern, Switzerland - followed by a screening and panel discussion at CTM New Geographies in Berlin. Both festivals have incredible events planned…

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nouakchott wedding songs

In 2011, I traveled to Nouakchott, the capital city of Mauritania to record wedding music. Over the course of six months, I went to a variety of weddings: from the luxurious, high end invitations in the chic neighborhoods of Tevragh Zeina, to the ramshackle tent affairs in far flung suburbs…

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radio sikasso

Caught this on the radio late night in Sikasso. This is more or less a live in studio example of the "balani show" remix, performed on a sampler, with CDJs. I don't have anymore info, but it's brilliant. Radio Sikasso - Balani Remix

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the caves of missirikoro

Missirikoro field recording Missirikoro is a small village south of Sikasso. It's only 12 kilometers away, but the road is all red dirt and rocks - unpaved, but heavily traveled. As you approach the village, you can see the strange mountain rising above the tree line. It is a small…

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