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Tallawit Timbouctou
Hali Diallo

Beloved Sahel Sounds continue their tireless project of supporting and distributing the great variety of local musicians in contemporary West African countries to listeners elsewhere. Here it’s Hali Diallo by Timbuktu trio Tallawit Timbouctou. The album...view item »

Troupe Ecole Tudu
Oyiwane

If you don’t know Sahel Sounds then now would be a good time to acquaint yourself. The excellent label releases new and archival records that originated across the northern African region of the Sahel. Their latest drop, Troupe Ecole Tudu...view item »

Ahmoudou Madassane
Zerzura (Original Soundtrack Recording)

The soundtrack to Zerzura, the first every Saharan acid Western. It was composed by Ahmoudou Madassane who also wrote the film and acted in it. Once the film had been shot  recorded the whole soundtrack while watching it giving the music a powerful connection to the footage. He mostly used an electric guita...view item »

Les Filles de Illighadad
Eghass Malan

Sahel Sounds have uncovered something genuinely original and unique here. The female trio live in a remote Saharan village in Niger and have devised a style combining modern Tuareg guitar with rural tende songs, and new songs in that style. In doing so they’...view item »
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Mdou Moctar
Sousoume Tamachek

Here we have a different take on the rich Tuareg guitar sound to the kind of material we usually hear circulated in the west (think Tinariwen and Group Inerane). Mdou Moctar...view item »
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Afous d'Afous
Tenere

Afous D’Afous are a band from the Tuareg culture that brought you such favourites as Tinariwen, though their music has as yet been uncirculated in the West. All that has changed with Tenere...view item »
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Gao Rap
Hip Hop from Northern Mali

10 tracks of incredibly out there stuff. A Saharan spin on the very western hip hop world, all nurtured by smaller communities and them trading mp3s with each other, remember making mix tapes?. Filled with autotuned vocals, immensely cheeky computer synths, switching between half time clapping beats and speedier ragga-like riddims. Limited vinyl...view item »
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Agrim Agadez
Musique Guitare de la République du Niger

Musique Guitare de la République du Niger is an excellent compilation of contemporary guitar music, all recorded with a single microphone on location around Niger. The performances are luscious, and the added background buzz of the locations adds delicious flavour. Released as a vinyl LP on the Sahel Sounds label in an edition of...view item »
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Luka Productions
Fasokan

Luka Productions is a composer who uses the term avant-griot to describe their music: they have taken both early experimental electronic music and new age music and pulled them into the orbit of Mali’s traditional styles. Fasokan mixes up sounds and styles to produce a ...view item »
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Jeich Ould Badu and Ahmedou Ahmed Lewla
Top WZN

Jeich Ould Badu and Ahmedou Ahmed Lewla are two of the main men when it comes to the Mauritanian pop genre of WZN (of which this is apparently the first internationally-distributed example). The material on Top WZN is made up of an A...view item »
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Amadou Binta Konte and Tidiane Thiam
Waande Kadde

Amadou Binta Konte and Tidiane Thiam recorded the music on Waande Kadde in situ, in a Senegalese fishing village (this means that you can hear children playing around in the background, which is a lovely touch). Guitar and hoddu, improvising together around some gorgeous themes. This is a great, natural...view item »
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Mamman Sani
Taaritt


The reliable Sahel Sounds have unearthed another bizarre African gem this week in this never-before-released collection of cosmic synth twiddling from Niger's Mamman Sani, in which he interprets ancient Saharan folk ballads through polyphonic analogue synths and drum machines. The press release is keen to push the sci-fi angle, and the cover a...view item »
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Various
Music from Saharan Cellphones Volume 2

It’s a nice surprise to come to work today and find this LP on the review pile. The first instalment is a regular fixture in my house, providing as it does a varied snapshot into filesharing culture in northern Mali, w...view item »
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Pheno S. Kani
Pheno S. Kani

Here’s an LP from the people who brought you the Saharan Cellphones LPs. This time they’re just focusing on one guy, Pheno S Kani. The artwork is totally amazing, he’s standing in front of a load of photoshopped explosions, planes and helicopters coming down, the Eiffel Tower falling ove...view item »
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