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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The man in black.

An enigmatic figure materializes one day in Kidal. He's dressed all in black and wears a tall cap of dreadlocks, lugging his baggage and a guitar case. After a few days off wandering through town, he begins to sing in the street, accompanied by an old broken steel guitar. Later…

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“Il y laisse de jouer.”

Another routine evening, we assemble inside Ahmed's compound of chest high mud walls, sitting on the light mats thrown down in the dusty yard. Two or three guitars are picked up and traded around, the flickering light of the fire just barely bright enough to make out the shadowy figures…

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Three at a time please.

The guitar soiree is the quintessential to the modern Tamashek. At least a few times in a week a festival will be organized -- be it a marriage, a baptism, or simply a concert. As the first stars appear in the sky, the guitar can be heard wafting over the…

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That ain’t workin’, that’s the way you do it…

The Tuaregs consist of a variety of tribes, stretching across the center of the Saharan desert, East of Mauritania, across Mali, Algeria, Niger, Libya. In the past, the Western association was with "blue men" in the desert, the fierce resistance to colonization, the romantic myth of the desert nomad. Today…

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