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"New age music from West Africa. Lush and hypnotic dreamscapes combine traditional instrumentation with sweeping electronics, field recordings and soothing affirmations. Bamako based composer Luka Productions delves into avant-griot, bringing ancient music into the 21st ...
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SS40 | SAHEL SOUNDS

V.A. - AGRIM AGADEZ (LP)

"'MUSIQUE GUITARE DE LA RÉPUBLIQUE DU NIGER' - 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 ...
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SS38 | SAHEL SOUNDS

"Recorded in Fouta Toro, a fishing village in Northern Senegal, this LP offers dreamy, improvised instrumentals with an ever present backdrop of children's voices culminating in a clapping and stomping rhythm section. Featuring acoustic guitar and hoddu, the material ...
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SS33 | SAHEL SOUNDS

"Instrumental synth and lute from the Sahara desert. Playful electronic drums combine with gothic tinged organ freakouts and quivering electric "banjo" to create an anachronistic trance music. Griot Jeich Ould Badu, playing a lute with built in phasers and pre-amps, and ...
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SS39 | SAHEL SOUNDS

"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 ...
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SAHELSOUNDS034 | SAHEL SOUNDS

"Raucous and electrified wedding songs from the desert kingdom of Mauritania! Overloaded by microtonal scales, phaser pedals, and unpredictable polyrhythms, this is a documentation of a little known music scene where disparate influences meet in beautiful permutations. ...
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SS-027 | SAHEL SOUNDS

TISDASS - YAMEDAN (K7)

"On cassette, this is a self produced album from Niger's Tuareg rock outfit TisDass, presentig looping electric psychedelic electric guitar and thumping two chord rhythms. Led by singer songwriter Kildjate Moussa Albad, former bassist for Group Bombino, this project ...
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SSC-015 | SAHEL SOUNDS

"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 ...
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SAHELSOUNDS033 | SAHEL SOUNDS

"Future beats from rapper/producer Luka, one of the freshest talent of Bamako's hip hop scene. Rapid fire raps over blinged out baliphone and shocking synths. Drawing on expansive Malian tradition, reimagined into decale infused dance and Sahelian club bangers. ...
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SSC-016 | SAHEL SOUNDS

"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 ...
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SAHELSOUNDS031 | SAHEL SOUNDS

"An ethnographic documentation of a fictional Bamako where Abubakari II discovered America. These are musical recordings of future manding, bamako nu-wave, hip-hop visionaries and the sounds of an imagined geography. The LP includes a 60-page booklet of photographs. The ...
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SS-000 | SAHEL SOUNDS

HAMA - TORODI (LP)

"Futuristic synthesizer interpretations of Tuareg folklore. Pulsing keys, pitch bends, and crashing drum loops combine in a singular sound from underground Niamey based composer Hama. Eclectic convergence of Maghrebi pop, Tuareg guitar, and Detroit techno, transmitting ...
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SAHELSOUNDS025 | SAHEL SOUNDS

"This LP features the awesome rocking score for the movie 'Rain The Color Blue With A Little Red In It' (the Tuareg don't have a word for 'purple'!), a revolutionary story - or a brilliant re-interpretation of Prince's 'Purple Rain' - of guitars, motorcycles, cellphones ...
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SAHELSOUNDS028 | SAHEL SOUNDS

"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, ...
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SAHELSOUNDS017 | SAHEL SOUNDS