New Sahel Sounds Releases

After the wonderful compilation ishilan n – tenere – guitar music from the western sahel,  Sahel Sounds has just released – together with mississippi/little axe – two essential lp´s.

The First release is a LP version of the former cassette only releases “music from saharan cellphones I and II”, now as an official release. What first sounded to me as a strange but lovely idea, is now transformed to a real commercial project with credits and 60 % proceeds to the artist. You can listen to pop disco sounds with voice vocoders as well as to funky or even reggae tunes or melancholic acoustic guitar loops.

Infos sahel sounds bandcamp:

“Music from Saharan cellphones is a compilation of music collected from memory cards of cellular phones in the Saharan desert.In much of West Africa, cellphones are are used as all purpose multimedia devices. In lieu of personal computers and high speed internet, the knockoff cellphones house portable music collections, playback songs on tinny built in speakers, and swap files in a very literal peer to peer Bluetooth wireless transfer.The songs chosen for the compilation were some of the highlights — music that is immensely popular on the unofficial mp3/cellphone network from Abidjan to Bamako to Algiers, but have limited or no commercial release. They’re also songs that tend towards this new world of self production — Fruity Loops, home studios, synthesizers, and Autotune.In 2010, various versions of saharan cellphone music were released on cassette. Many of the songs were unlabeled, giving no insight to their mysterious origins. In the past year, the artists have been tracked down to collaborate on a commercial release. As such, 60% of the proceeds go directly to the artists.The official vinyl release is available for purchase here: original cassette was also remixed and reinterpreted here:
sahelsounds “
released 02 December 2011
Collected in Kidal, Mali, 2009-2010 by Christopher Kirkley

The second release “Yiilo Jaam” by the band Lewlewal de Podor is the first official release by the band Lewlewal from the village Podor after their more instrumental collaboration for the ishilan – n tenere compilitation. You can listen to improvisations, prayers, acoustic guitar jams while in the background you´ll hear voices, children sounds,  car motors or other field recordings. Me, I had to get used a bit to the singers very high singing voice, but after 3 or 4 times listening,  I was more and more getting into the magic mood of these guitar jams. Listen yourself!

Infos: Bandcamp Sahel Sounds:

“Hailing from northern Senegal, “Lewlewal de Podor” is a Pulaar guitar-centric band that draws from the folk stylings of Fouta Toro. Featured on last year’s compilation Ishilan n-Tenere, their first ever full length ranges from mellow acoustic jam sessions to electrified hip shaking concerts.
released 05 December 2011
Demba Doka Barry (vocals)
Tidiane Thiam (guitar solo)
Baye Aly Ndiongue (guitar accompaniment)
Papa Diouf (djembe)
Amadou Binta Konté (hoddu)
Penda Diack (vocals)Recorded by Christopher Kirkley
Mastered by Timothy Stollenwerk at Stereophonic
Cover art by Thiam Bellou
Studio Photograph by Oumar Ly at Thioffy Studio
Sahelsounds / Mississippi Little Axe
Both Lp´s  comes with liner notes sheets, with fotos and infos about the artists and the origin of the tracks. Thanks for making these extraordinary projects accessable.
Buy it for only 3 $ each at the bandcamp site or via mississippi / little axe store, see  the links above.
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