vinyl of music from saharan cellphones

The official release of "Music from Saharan Cellphones" is now complete! The compilation showcases some of the popular music circulating around the desert: DIY Tuareg Autoune, Balani Show street music, and Ivorian Coupé Décalé. (previously) The LP is a selection of tracks from the first two cassettes. Available now on…

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kickstarters for vinyl of music from saharan cellphones

The new proverb says "all roads lead to Kickstarter," and I've joined the fray in this latest push -- to bring "Music from Saharan Cellphones" to a vinyl. In a rather ironic twist the musicians whose sounds were found on communication devices are incredibly difficult to locate. Google search algorithms…

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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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Gnawa, across the desert

They said 'we behold you as one diligent in your pursuit of much journeying,On the earth. For a while you stay, and then you journey on your way.'I said, 'Were there no benefit to be gained in travelling,The sun would not change its stations in its heavenly mansions.'- Al-Tadili recording…

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