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Sahel Sounds

  • 01. Falaw
    02. Bbni
    03. Foret
    04. A Tara
    05. Tolobana
    06. Indienfoli
    07. Kodouma
    08. Badjan
    09. Djessou
    10. Sitanba
    11. Deli
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    LUKA PRODUCTIONS

    Falaw

    [engl] Luka Productions presents Falaw, an innovative take on West African Hip Hop and sample-based folktronica. A follow up from the acclaimed Malian "new age" inspired Fasokan (2017), Luka Guindo turns his focus to the rich cultural heritage of Manding music. Eschewing wholly PC-based sequencing, Falaw invites a number of traditional performers to join him in the studio. Griots recount sage stories over Luka's sweeping synth pads while Ngonis shred pentatonic solos to the crash of sequenced drum samples. Paying homage to the storyteller, combined with regional styles of lyrical Hip Hop, Falaw offers advice on modern living, with heartfelt songs about loss, love, and life. The effect is both otherworldly while seemingly organic. In a genre where all too often the "modern" is synonymous with outsider collaborators, Falaw is a groundbreaking entry into homemade fourth world and a sign of future Malian music to come.
    Format
    LP
    Release-Datum
    24.05.2019
    Genre
    World
    Preis
    22,90 EUR
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  • 01. Kamane Tarhanin
    02. Asshet Akal
    03. Inizgam
    04. Anna
    05. Takamba
    06. Tarhatazed
    07. Wiwasharnine
    08. Ilana
    09. Tumastin
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    MOCTAR, MDOU

    Ilana (The Creator)

    [engl] Born in a nomad camp in Niger and now a leading figure of desert rock, Mdou Moctar has enjoyed one of quickest rises to success. In contrast to the polished style of Imarhan or Bombino, Mdou Moctar trades in unrelenting gritty rock and has no qualms about going full shred. But Mdou's success is not confined to guitar theatrics alone. From his experiments in autotune, DIY field recordings, to a starring role in a Saharan remake of Purple Rain, Mdou stands out amongst his peers. Tuareg guitar has rock music in its genes, owing as much to traditional desert ballads as 70s classic rock. Mdou doubles down on these origins, pushing Tuareg guitar into an ever louder direction. If early innovators looked to Mark Knopfler, Mdou has an affinity with Eddie Van Halen. Recorded in Detroit at the tail end of a tour, the band jumped right into frenetic non-stop sessions. Accompanied by an all-star band with Ahmoudou Madassane's lighting fast rhythm guitar, Aboubacar Mazawa dje machine gun drums, and Micheal Coltun's supportive low-end bass, Ilana (English: The Creator) captures the spirit of an Agadez wedding, a studio recording with just the right amount of grit.
    Format
    LP
    Release-Datum
    29.03.2019
    Genre
    World
    Preis
    22,90 EUR
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  • 01. ADOUNIA
    02. ISHILAN
    03. IMETAWAN
    04. AKALINE KIDAL
    05. ASIN ORAL
    06. TIKARAS
    07. AZAMAN
    08. POESIE
    09. ASSOUF
    10. TIKOUNEN
    11. TEMET
    12. WAR TAFAR
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    KAEDY, AHMED AG

    Akaline Kidal

    [engl] In exile from his city in Northern Mali, singer/songwriter Ahmed Ag Kaedy returns to the origins of Tuareg folk with sessions of stripped down solo acoustic guitar. Mellow pentatonic notes dance over plaintive vocals, intimate and close mic'd, endearing in their simplicity. Drifting from melancholic ballads and pleas for peace, "Akaline Kidal" is a politically charged and poignant recording for a community ripped apart by division and civil war.
    Format
    LP
    Release-Datum
    01.03.2019
    Genre
    World
    Preis
    20,90 EUR
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  • 01. Intro
    02. Hali Diallo
    03. Super Continue
    04. Adernibah
    05. Khomeissa
    06. Ami Cisse
    07. Kanji
    08. Kalitay
    09. Abacabok
    10. Chebiba
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    TALLAWIT TIMBOUCTOU

    Hali Diallo

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    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.
    Format
    LP
    Release-Datum
    02.11.2018
    Genre
    World
    Preis
    21,90 EUR
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  • 01. Oyiwa
    02. Hemi Helale
    03. Arikawat
    04. Bili Manane
    05. Bili Manine (Barmo)
    06. Medan Niger (Barmo)
    07. Tiolent
    08. Nikini Dada
    09. Lae-Lale
    10. Oyiwane
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    TROUPE ECOLE TUDU

    Oyiwane

    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.
    Format
    LP
    Release-Datum
    12.10.2018
    Genre
    World
    Preis
    20,90 EUR
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  • 01. Eghass Malan
    02. Inssegh Inssegh
    03. Imigradan
    04. Jori
    05. Tihilele
    06. Abadrarass
    07. Telillite
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    LES FILLES DE ILLIGHADAD

    Eghass Malan

    Fatou Seidi Ghali ist die wahrscheinlich erste Gitarristin unter den nordwestafrikanischen Touareg und Bandleaderin der Formation Les Filles de Illighadad. Wie der Name durchblicken lässt, handelt es sich hier um eine Frauenband, deren Mitglieder aus Illighadad stammen. Die kleine, von der Welt abgeschiedene Gemeinde liegt am Rande der Sahara in Niger. Hier kommt eigentlich niemand mal so zufällig vorbei, und umgekehrt gibt es selten einen Anlass für die Bewohner Illighadads, das ländliche Heimatdorf zu verlassen. Umso erstaunlicher, wie modern "Eghass Malan" klingt. Nach dem gleichnamigen, 2016 live vor Ort von Sahel-Sounds-Chef Christopher Kirkley aufgenommenen Debüt ist "Eghass Malan" das erste Studioalbum. Es erscheint beim selben Label und wurde im Anschluss der ersten Europatournee der Frauen ganz direkt und ohne nennenswerte Verwendung von Effekten aufgenommen. So blieb der rohe, charmant-spontane und authentisch-originäre Gestus, der die Songs von Les Filles de Illighadad auszeichnet, erhalten. Hypnotische Gitarrenriffs, rasante, vorzugsweise auf der Zweihandtrommel Tende gespielte Rhythmen, Klatschen und polyphoner Gesang bilden dabei das Gerüst für sieben Stücke, die heimische Traditionen so organisch wie natürlich an die westliche Welt anschließen.
    Format
    LP
    Release-Datum
    09.02.2018
    Genre
    World
    Preis
    24,90 EUR
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  • 01. Achabiba
    02. Erilegh Iflassakh
    03. Eliss Wan Anas
    04. Douban
    05. Telilit
    06. Tarha
    07. Tende
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    LES FILLES DE ILLIGHADAD

    Fatou Seidi Ghali & Alamnou Akrouni

    [engl] Recorded in Illighadad, Niger, 2014. The vinyl release includes the track 'Tarha', which does not appear on the digital edition. Artists: Drum [Tendé] - Alamnou Akrouni // Guitar, Drum [Tendé] - Fatou Seidi Ghali
    Format
    LP
    Release-Datum
    22.02.2016
    Genre
    World
    Preis
    21,90 EUR
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