Abdallah Ag Oumbadougou
You might not know Abdallah Ag Oumbadougou by name, but he is a hugely important figure in modern music. You see, Oumbadougou was one of the first Tuareg guitarists to set his music to record. Taped when Oumbadougou was exiled in Benin in 1995, Anou Malane combines the trilling desert blues guitar style with Oumbadougou’s sonorous vocals and call-to-arms lyrics. The record was produced by Nel Oliver, a solo artist and producer who gives a lively afro-boogie bounce to the drums and bass here. A crucial record, Anou Malane has now been reissued by - who else? - Sahel Sounds.