Tallawit Timbouctou – Hali Diallo

In 1989, Aghaly and his brother Mousa left their home. A small village called Ewit, it sits just outside of Timbouctou, not far from where the barge shelters cars across the river. Their family are forgerons and griots. I'm uncertain…

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Takamba WhatsApp on March 28th, 2018

Takamba music is played on traditional guitar (tamashek: teheredent), with a remarkable distinctive rhythm tapped out on a calabash. It's always accompanied by a beautiful ghostly dance. I've written about the music previously and released a few records. The origin…

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medium and the message

Super Onze - Gao Around the fall of Gao in 2012, I met a cassette vendor in Niamey's grand market. For years he has sat on a bench in a busy corridor with stacks of cassettes and an array of…

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the reuse of old objects

Radio Hanna Broadcast Radio Hanna is housed in an old dilapidated cinema in Gao, Mali. Vestiges of the movie theater remain: rusted seats on the balcony and a giant projection screen -- flanked by piles of wood, wandering goats, and…

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takamba

Agali Ag Amoumine see previously, with an album recorded by sahelsounds in 2009 -- a raw session of hypnotic takamba, the traditional tuareg and sonrai music: Agali on the electrified tehardent accompanied by Alhassane Maiga on calabash. Originally distributed by…

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