NigeriÃ©n 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.
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.
Trance inducing music from Northern Mali. Griot Agali Ag Amoumine and his group Tallawit Timbouctou are champions of Takamba, a hypnotic traditional rhythm that dominates communities along the Niger bend. This live session, recorded at his home in Timbouctou, demonstrates the power of the music. Songs blend seamlessly into one another in a non-stop, relentless and unfiltered takamba as it's meant to be heard.
Sweet and sublime school recordings from elementary school group in Northern Niger from the 1980s. All-girl group accompanied by their instructor on the guitar, recalling Guinean folk and early Ali Farka TourÃ©. Folkloric songs, praising culture, tradition, and emphasising importance of education to nomadic world. A very important recording in the history of Nigerien music that would go on to form the base of the modern female music troupes. Originally released on cassette in 1985, re-stored and remastered for the first time outside of Niger. Accompanied with liner notes w/ song translations.
Cosmic synth from Niger's Mamman Sani. Polyphonic analog synthesizers and drum machines interpret ancient Saharan folk ballads in an imagined science fiction future. A proposed relaxation guide, sonically lying somewhere between ambient library music and minimal wave. Recorded in Niger and France in the late 1980s and never before released.
A compilation of the most popular music circulating the Sahara desert on the unofficial network of cellphones -- where mp3s are stored, played, and traded in very literal peer to peer bluetooth transfers. The contemporary West African sound from the new school of DIY production with little or no commercial release outside of their locales, from spaced out Tuareg Autotune, Ivorian Club Jams, Mauritanian Synth, and Malian Hip Hop electro. Collected from memory cards by and released on cassette, the vinyl comes after a years plus of tracking down the composers.