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Tidiane Thiam - Siftorde
Tidiane Thiam
LP | 2020 | US | Original (Sahel Sounds)
20,99 €*
Release:2020 / US – Original
Genre:Rock / Indie
Dreamy instrumental acoustic folk guitar from Fouta Toro in Northern Senegal. Fingerpicked acoustic guitar with intricate syncopation, a technique inspired by the four-string hoddu, with melodies that go back centuries, from the Almoravid dynasty to the Mali Empire. In contrast to the familiar desert blues, Siftorde highlights a very distinct and underrepresented style of Sahelian guitar. Guitarist, photographer, visual artist and folklorist Tidiane Thiam hails from Podor, a small riverside town in the far North of Senegal. A self-taught musician who learned guitar from late-night radio broadcasts, Tidiane is a veritable encyclopedia of Sahel folklore. Borrowing from this repertoire, he adapts his own technique of fingerstyle guitar, crafting serene pieces imbued with emotive reflection. Recorded at night on a single microphone at home in Podor, and set against the backdrop of crickets, the recordings on Siftorde are stripped down and informal, without any pretense of a studio recording. The effect is deeply personal and intimate. The album's title, translated by Tidiane in four languages, means 'Remember' - a nostalgic ode to the temporality of the recording, and a plea for the songs themselves, whose survival demands they not be forgotten.
El Wali - Tiris
El Wali
LP | 2019 | EU | Original (Sahel Sounds)
19,99 €*
Release:2019 / EU – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
An amazing and rare studio recording of 1990s Polisario music! The album is a standout example of the Sahrawi political folk style that mixes traditional modes with Western scales and instrumentation. response vocals, The repertoire of El Wali is fiery and inspirational, a call to arms - with national anthems, celebrations of political anniversaries, and religious pleas for peace, with call and response duets, backed with a synthesizer, programmed drums, and electric guitar.Nomadic inhabitants of Western Sahara, the Sahrawi movement for liberation began in the 1970s and has continued until today. Sahrawi political folk music dates back to the origins and has played an integral role in the struggle, with political anthems creating a national identity. One of the first Saharan music to incorporate the electric guitar, the style was hugely influential on the better know Tuareg guitar genre. The later addition of synthesizer and programmed rhythms further transformed the sound, becoming a foundation of Sahrawi music.Recorded in Belgium in 1994 while on tour, this version of El Wali performed a style reflecting the popular music of the refugee camps. "Tiris" is a refreshing production with none of the typical World Music polish of the 90s. This evidently led to its unsuccessful release in the West. Originally released only in as a small run CD for OXFAM Belgium, the CD quickly disappeared and is impossible to find. In West Africa, however, it became a viral success and the defining representative Sahrawi music. In 2012 a track was released on "Music from Saharan Cellphones Vol 2" and only after an arduous search over 8 years (leading through Spain to the Canary Islands to Tindouf and eventually to Belgium) the artists, the studio, and the original recording were tracked down. A co-release with Badawi Archives, the first Sahrawi run record label led by dj/producer Bedouin Sahrawi.
Mdou Moctar - Ilana (The Creator)
Lingo Seini Et Son Groupe - Musique Hauka
Lingo Seini Et Son Groupe
Musique Hauka
LP | 2020 | EU | Original (Sahel Sounds)
23,99 €*
Release:2020 / EU – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Preorder available from 24.07.2020
One of the first full-length recordings of Hauka ritual music. Praise songs and sacred incantations to the spirits to inhabit the body. Call and response chants, the pluck of a monochord lute and relentless pounding percussion combine in a dizzying nonstop session.The Hauka movement started nearly a century ago and has persisted on the fringes of Nigerien society. Documented in the 1955 Jean Rouch film Les maitres fous, the Hauka are a pantheon on spirits mirrored on colonial and military figures. Central to the religion is the "Holley Hori" possession ceremony, a ritual driven by militaristic percussive music, wherein spirits come into the body in powerful and violent manifestations.Lingo Seini has played ritual music for almost 60 years, learning from his father. He is joined by his son Youssouf on the calabass and Issaka Moulla, playing his homemade kuntigi. The group regularly accompanies Hauka priests in ceremonies. Recorded with a single microphone in the outskirts of Niamey.
V.A. - Agrim Agadez - Musique Guitare De La Republique Du Niger
Agrim Agadez - Musique Guitare De La Republique Du Niger
LP | 2017 | US | Original (Sahel Sounds)
21,99 €*
Release:2017 / US – Original
Genre:Rock / Indie, Electronic / Dance
Contemporary field recordings from the Sahelian empire of Niger. Focusing on guitar music throughout the country, from meditative starlight ballads, fuzzy Hendrix covers, rag tag wedding bands, to political minded folk guitarists. A beautiful encapsulation of the diversity of guitar as it exists today, documented over years of travels. Recorded live with a singe microphone, with backdrop of children's voices, crickets, and village ambience. A follow up to Laila Je T’Aime and Ishilan n-Tenere. With 16 page full color liner notes.
Fatou Seidi Ghali & Alamnou Akrouni - Les Filles De Illighadad
Fatou Seidi Ghali & Alamnou Akrouni
Les Filles De Illighadad
LP | 2016 | US | Original (Sahel Sounds)
24,99 €*
Release:2016 / US – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves, Rock / Indie
These sublime recordings from rural Niger present two very different sides of Tuareg music: dreamy ishumar acoustic guitar sessions and the hypnotic polyphonic style that inspired it. Guitarist Fatou Seidi Ghali and vocalist Alamnou Akrouni lead their collective that's named after their home village. Recorded in the open air studio of the desert!
Amanar De Kidal - Tumastin
Amanar De Kidal
LP | 2016 | US | Original (Sahel Sounds)
19,99 €*
Release:2016 / US – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves, Rock / Indie
Lush studio compositions with rolling rhythms and wistful melodies from Northern Mali's standout Tuareg guitar band. Disrupted by political conflict in the Sahara, this album was years in the making. The soulful call and response traditions in a charged reclamation to the origins of Tuareg guitar are messages to a people divided. These are songs about change, nostalgia, and hope from Mali's band-in-exile.
Abdallah Oumbadougou - Anou Malane
Abdallah Oumbadougou - Anou Malane
Luka Productions - Falaw
Ahmed Ag Kaedy - Akaline Kidal
Hama - Houmeissa
LP | 2019 | EU | Original (Sahel Sounds)
22,99 €*
Release:2019 / EU – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Nigerian composer Hama presents a groundbreaking album of traditional electronic desert folk songs, hovering somewhere between early 90s techno and synthwave. Nomadic herding ballads, ancient caravan songs, and ceremonial wedding chants are all re-imagined into
pieces seemingly lifted from a Saharan 1980s sci-fi soundtrack or score to a Tuareg video game. With a deep love and respect, Hama effortlessly takes back and re-appropriates fourth-world ethnoambient music.
Troupe Ecole Tudu - Oyiwane
Troupe Ecole Tudu
LP | 2018 | EU | Original (Sahel Sounds)
20,99 €*
Release:2018 / EU – Original
Genre:Rock / Indie
Sweet and sublime school recordings from elementary school group in Northern Niger from
the 1980s. All-girl group accompanied by their instructor on the acoustic guitar, recalling
Guinean folk and early Ali Farka Touré. Troupe École Tudu takes their name from a small
neighborhood of Agadez, Niger. In 1985, the city hosted a musical competition between various
schools. École Tudu, lacking a choir, sought out a young Tuareg guitarist Kader "Barmo" Balla to
create a new style of music. The guitar was new to Niger and Barmo was new to the guitar,
having only played for a few years. His notes were minimal and stripped down melodies
mirroring the vocals, a technique common in Malian and Guinean folk music. To make
something uniquely Saharan, they modeled their percussion on the tende, the traditional Tuareg
goatskin drum and rhythm. Their debut composition titled "Oyiwane" ("Greetings to Everyone") won first prize at the competition and garnered the attention of the Niger state. The following year they were invited into the studio to record an album, released on the small boutique label Hasada (known for their seminal work with Mamman Sani Abdoulaye). The compositions mixed traditional folksongs with original creations, but the lyrical content was political. At a time of massive rural migration, drought, and exodus, their songs were a message to the modern nomads, emphasizing traditional culture while stressing the importance of education, particularly for young women. The group continued to win accolades for their music throughout Niger. Following their success, a number of other school groups created similar guitar/vocal folklore groups. This style of music became popular throughout the late 1980s and early 1990s and led to the creation of the today's female music troupes of Niger. Restored and remastered for the first time outside of Niger, Troupe École Tudu's Oyiwane is available on a limited vinyl pressing of 500, accompanied with liner notes and song translations from Kader "Barmo" Balla.
Tallawit Timbouctou - Hali Diallo
Tallawit Timbouctou
Hali Diallo
LP | 2018 | US | Original (Sahel Sounds)
20,99 €*
Release:2018 / US – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Tallawit Timbouctou are champions of takamba, a hypnotic traditional music from
Northern Mali. Built around the tehardent, the four stringed lute and pre-cursor to
the American banjo, takamba's droning distortion comes from signature handmade
mics and blown out amplifiers. Accompanied by percussion pounded out onto an
overturned calabash with mind boggling time signatures, the combined effect is
trance inducing. This is the music that long ruled the North of Mali, performed at
festivities, blasting out of dusty boomboxes, and beaming out from village radio
stations. Its origin is shrouded in mystery, and though purportedly dating back to the
Songhai Empire of the 15th century, takamba's heyday was in the 1980s, with the
introduction of amplification. Musicians found a lucrative circuit, performing in
elegant weddings, creating cassettes on demand, and writing songs for their wealthy
patrons. Today takamba has fallen out of popular fashion with the youth, but
continues to thrive in a small network of die-hard traditionalists. Band leader Aghaly
Ag Amoumine is one of the remaining renowned takamba musicians. Descended
from a long line of praise singers, he spent decades traveling across the Sahel,
performing in remote nomad camps and crowded West African capitals. His
compositions continue to circulate today and have become part of the folk
repertoire. His group Tallawit Timbouctou, based in the city of the same name,
continues in the family tradition, and has featured both his brother and nephew as
accompanying members. Recorded at home in Timbouctou, "Hali Diallo" is a
relentless and nonstop recording, true to the form of takamba. Tracks blend
seamlessly into one another, instruments are tuned mid-song, and Aghaly only
pauses singing long enough for the occasional shout-out or dedication. Unfiltered
and direct as it's meant to be heard, Tallawit Timbouctou is a shining example of one
of the last great takamba bands.
Etran De L'Air - No.1
Etran De L'Air
LP | 2018 | US | Original (Sahel Sounds)
20,99 €*
Release:2018 / US – Original
Genre:Rock / Indie
Based in the Northeast of Niger, ETRAN DE L'AIR is one of the longest running bands in Agadez. They play a loud and raucous version of Saharan rock, built around burning guitar melodies and crashing drums. Unknown outside of their hometown, Etran is one of the hardest working bands on the wedding circuit, playing on ramshackle equipment in true DIY aesthetic. Bright and mind blowing groove, upbeat and hypnotic. Part surf rock, from a place that is all beach. Debut album, limited edition of 1000 with hand assembled 3-color, old school offset covers.
Afous D'Afous - Tenere
Afous D'Afous
LP | 2017 | US | Original (Sahel Sounds)
21,99 €*
Release:2017 / US – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Afous D'Afous is a 6-piece Tuareg-rock outfit from Southern Algeria. Their independent album features classic rock aesthetics, soulful ballads and polished uptempo driving electric guitar rhythms. There's a myriad of global influences ranging from pitch bending North African synths, reverbed drenched dub, and even Indian tabla music! 'Tenere' is one of the most complex studio albums from any Tuareg guitar band to date. Limited edition packaged in old school 3-colour offset sleeves.
Azna De L'Ader - Zabaya
Azna De L'Ader
LP | 2016 | US | Original (Sahel Sounds)
21,99 €*
Release:2016 / US – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Archival recordings from Niger's seminal psych-rock outfit Azna De L'Ader, featuring intensely shrieking solos, fuzzed out guitars and hypnotic crashing drums. Equal parts Western rock and Bori possession music, 'Zabaya' is West Africa's answer to Zambia's '70s Zamrock movement. Playing their homecountry for over 40 years, but living in a remote region, this is the first ever official release of Azna De L'Ader's music. Band-leader Mona is something of a legend. In 1970 he formed his first group, The Crocodiles, followed by what today stands as one of the oldest orchestras in Niger: Azna De L'Ader. Known for its furious, Hendrix inspired psychedelic rock, Azna De L'Ader is a legendary group that everyone in Niger knows about, and no one outside of the country has ever heard of.
Mdou Moctar - Afelan
Mdou Moctar
LP | 2013 | US | Reissue (Sahel Sounds)
17,99 €*
Release:2013 / US – Reissue
Genre:Rock / Indie
Tuareg rock from Niger's singer-songwriter Mdou Moctar. Tales of anguished love and broken hearts, plus some well known classics. Famous for his autotuned studio sessions popular on West African cellphones, here Mdou performs live. Recorded on location in Niger, electrifying, distorted and blown out guitar balances with sweet melodies of Saharan folk.
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