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Les Filles De Illighadad - At Pioneer Works Black Vinyl Edition
Les Filles De Illighadad
At Pioneer Works Black Vinyl Edition
LP | 2021 | US | Original (Sahel Sounds)
22,99 €*
Release:2021 / US – Original
Genre:Rock / Indie
Preorder available from 09.07.2021
The first new album from Les Filles de Illighadad in four years At Pioneer Works is the highly anticipated new album by the Tuareg Avant-rock group. Les Filles de Illighadad recorded the album in Brooklyn at the tail end of a two-year-long world tour. At Pioneer Works finds Les Filles at the height of their powers, creating a sound that transcends all known genres. This is a heavy and meditative set of music from one of the world's most exciting bands. "If you listen long enough, and make yourself open enough, it is possible to reach a kind of holy place while experiencing the music of the Tuareg quartet." - The New Yorker // "Les Filles de Illighadad are taking the world by storm" - The Guardian // "Les Filles de Illighadad is Revolutionizing Traditional Tuareg Music" - She Shreds
Les Filles De Illighadad - At Pioneer Works Clear Vinyl Edition
Les Filles De Illighadad
At Pioneer Works Clear Vinyl Edition
LP | 2021 | US | Original (Sahel Sounds)
23,99 €*
Release:2021 / US – Original
Genre:Rock / Indie
Preorder available from 09.07.2021
The first new album from Les Filles de Illighadad in four years At Pioneer Works is the highly anticipated new album by the Tuareg Avant-rock group. Les Filles de Illighadad recorded the album in Brooklyn at the tail end of a two-year-long world tour. At Pioneer Works finds Les Filles at the height of their powers, creating a sound that transcends all known genres. This is a heavy and meditative set of music from one of the world's most exciting bands. "If you listen long enough, and make yourself open enough, it is possible to reach a kind of holy place while experiencing the music of the Tuareg quartet." - The New Yorker // "Les Filles de Illighadad are taking the world by storm" - The Guardian // "Les Filles de Illighadad is Revolutionizing Traditional Tuareg Music" - She Shreds
Mamaki Boys - Patriote
Mamaki Boys
Patriote
LP | 2021 | US | Original (Sahel Sounds)
21,99 €*
Release:2021 / US – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Preorder available from 06.08.2021
Traditional village music transformed into fiery and frenetic underground Hip Hop. Emerging from the digital cultural renaissance of the early 2000s, where DIY studios sprung up throughout West Africa, "Patriote" is a shining example of localized global music. Hypnotic and driving rhythms built from sampled percussion and chopped-up instruments combine with syncopated staccato "ragga" inspired flow into infectious hammering tracks that sound like nothing before. Mamaki Boys was formed in 2002 by Aziz Tony, Bachou Issouf, and Salif André, when a local Hip Hop movement was exploding in the capital of Niger. "Patriote" was recorded to address a trend in the scene they perceived as too derivative. Produced at Studio BAT, one of the first studios in Niamey, Mamaki Boys sought to merge modern Hip Hop with traditional music. They invited elder musicians into the studio to play Nigerien instruments like duma and kalango, which were sampled and looped over their compositions. "We wanted to put tradition in the rap, ancestral dances, the things that our grandparents did in the village," Aziz explains. "Our mission was to re-value the culture, put it into Hip Hop, and to show all the colors of our country." Self-describing their music as "tradi-moderne", a Nigerien movement of folk revitalization, their cultural manifesto presents through every aspect of their work. Each track relies heavily on traditional instruments, and each rhythm is based on a dance from Niger. Their mission extends to the urgency of their lyrics: Takai challenges the population to preserve their culture, Kagani Kagani is a demand to take back mineral, oil, and uranium rights from their colonizers, while Komando uses war cries to inspire artists to keep speaking out. A strong entry in 21st-century global music, Mamaki Boys "Patriote" takes back the tools of globalization, repurposing them in the fight for cultural identity. Originally self-released in 2009 on limited edition CDR in Niger.
Mdou Moctar - Ilana (The Creator)
Hama - Houmeissa
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.
V.A. - Agrim Agadez - Musique Guitare De La Republique Du Niger
V.A.
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.
Mdou Moctar - Afelan
Mdou Moctar
Afelan
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.
Mamaki Boys - Patriote
Mamaki Boys
Patriote
Tape | 2021 | US | Original (Sahel Sounds)
10,99 €*
Release:2021 / US – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Preorder available from 06.08.2021
Traditional village music transformed into fiery and frenetic underground Hip Hop. Emerging from the digital cultural renaissance of the early 2000s, where DIY studios sprung up throughout West Africa, "Patriote" is a shining example of localized global music. Hypnotic and driving rhythms built from sampled percussion and chopped-up instruments combine with syncopated staccato "ragga" inspired flow into infectious hammering tracks that sound like nothing before. Mamaki Boys was formed in 2002 by Aziz Tony, Bachou Issouf, and Salif André, when a local Hip Hop movement was exploding in the capital of Niger. "Patriote" was recorded to address a trend in the scene they perceived as too derivative. Produced at Studio BAT, one of the first studios in Niamey, Mamaki Boys sought to merge modern Hip Hop with traditional music. They invited elder musicians into the studio to play Nigerien instruments like duma and kalango, which were sampled and looped over their compositions. "We wanted to put tradition in the rap, ancestral dances, the things that our grandparents did in the village," Aziz explains. "Our mission was to re-value the culture, put it into Hip Hop, and to show all the colors of our country." Self-describing their music as "tradi-moderne", a Nigerien movement of folk revitalization, their cultural manifesto presents through every aspect of their work. Each track relies heavily on traditional instruments, and each rhythm is based on a dance from Niger. Their mission extends to the urgency of their lyrics: Takai challenges the population to preserve their culture, Kagani Kagani is a demand to take back mineral, oil, and uranium rights from their colonizers, while Komando uses war cries to inspire artists to keep speaking out. A strong entry in 21st-century global music, Mamaki Boys "Patriote" takes back the tools of globalization, repurposing them in the fight for cultural identity. Originally self-released in 2009 on limited edition CDR in Niger.
Lingo Seini Et Son Groupe - Musique Hauka
Lingo Seini Et Son Groupe
Musique Hauka
LP | 2020 | EU | Original (Sahel Sounds)
22,79 €* 23,99 € -5%
Release:2020 / EU – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
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.
Tidiane Thiam - Siftorde
Tidiane Thiam
Siftorde
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
Tiris
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.
Abdallah Oumbadougou - Anou Malane
Luka Productions - Falaw
Ahmed Ag Kaedy - Akaline Kidal
Ahmoudou Madassane - OST Zerzura
Ahmoudou Madassane
OST Zerzura
LP | 2018 | EU | Original (Sahel Sounds)
20,99 €*
Release:2018 / EU – Original
Genre:Soundtracks
Soundtrack to the Saharan acid ethno-Western Zerzura. Instrumental soundscapes invoke a surreal fever dream of the desert. Reverbed electric guitar, subliminal drones, and ghostly percussion. Free form improvisations from Ahmoudou Madassane (Mdou Moctar, Les Filles de Illighadad) offer an entirely new vision of the
familiar Tuareg guitar genre.
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.
Azna De L'Ader - Zabaya
Azna De L'Ader
Zabaya
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.
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