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Artist: AFOUS DAFOUS
Title: Tarhanine Tegla
Format: 7"
Label: Sahelsounds
Country: USA
Price: $11.00
"One of the biggest songs of contemporary Saharan music gets its first official release. Kader Tarhanines title track is a blissful love song with electric guitar and drum machine combo. The breakout hit placed Algerias Group Afous dAfous as undisputed stars of Tuareg guitar at home, yet they remain unknown outside of the Sahara. The autotuned Maghreb influenced Tarhanam Toussassi on the flip." - Sahelsounds.

Artist: AFOUS DAFOUS
Title: Tenere
Format: LP
Label: Sahelsounds
Country: USA
Price: $20.00
"Six piece Tuareg rock outfit from Southern Algeria. Hands down the most famous Tuareg band listened to across the diaspora, though unknown in the West. An independent album, recorded and produced in-country without the mediation of the world music industry. Classic rock aesthetic, soulful ballads and polished up-tempo driving electric guitar rhythms, with a myriad of global influences from pitch bending North African synth, reverb-drenched dub, and even Indian Tabla! One of the most complex studio albums from any Tuareg guitar band to date. Plays best in a Land Cruiser, blasting across the open desert. Limited edition, old school 3-color offset sleeves." - Sahelsounds.

Artist: AMANAR DE KIDAL
Title: Tumastin
Format: LP
Label: Sahelsounds
Country: USA
Price: $19.00
"Lush studio compositions with rolling rhythms and wistful melodies from Northern Malis standout Tuareg guitar band. Disrupted by political conflict in the Sahara, Amanars follow up is years in the making. Soulful call and response in a charged reclamation to the origins of Tuareg guitar: messages to a people divided. Songs about change, nostalgia, and hope from Malis band-in-exile." - Sahelsounds.

Artist: DE LADER, AZNA
Title: Zabaya
Format: LP
Label: Sahelsounds
Country: USA
Price: $19.00
"Archival recordings from Nigers seminal pscyh-rock outfit, Azna de LAder. Intense shrieking solos, fuzzed out guitar, and hypnotic crashing drums. Equal parts Western rock and Bori possession music, West Africas answer to Zamrock. Playing in their home country for 40 years, but living in a remote region, this is the first ever official release." - Sahelsounds.

Artist: DJ SANDJI
Title: 100% Balani Show
Format: Cass
Label: Sahelsounds
Country: USA
Price: $8.00
"Mixtape from Bamakos Balani Show innovator, DJ Sandji. Bassy balafon cutups and decale rhythms from Malis street party scene, with added drums from the on the fly remixes with sampler." - Sahelsounds.

Artist: ETRAN DE LAIR
Title: No. 1
Format: LP
Label: Sahelsounds
Country: USA
Price: $20.00
"Based in the Northeast of Niger, Etran De LAïr is one of the longest running bands in Agadez. Unknown outside of their hometown, Etran is one of the hardest working bands on the wedding circuit, playing on ramshackle equipment in true DIY aesthetic. The name Etran De LAïr translates to "the Stars of the Aïr," the mountainous region of Northern Niger. They are based in the town of Agadez, an urban center renowned for the electric guitar and the Western named "desert blues." In the Sahara, this electric guitar genre is intertwined with social function. Its a lucrative commerce, and gigging bands make their living in weddings, baptisms, and political events. Etran De LAïr is one of Agadezs longest playing groups on the circuit. Yet they are also a band that has remained on the fringes, stars of the Agadez working class. Etran De LAïr play a style that captures the contemporary sound of Agadez, incorporating vastly different musics into their repertoire. While Tuareg guitar follows a predictable format, Etran breaks convention and throws a third guitar into the mix. The two lead guitars solo on top of one another, in constant dialogue, with a crashing response from the drum. There is a bubbly underwater warble that emerges from reverb and crackly amps. Its electric party music, surf rock, from a place that is all beach. They differentiate themselves from the other wedding bands: "... Our music is based around traditional Takamba... and we listen to a lot of Malian music. Not Tinariwen, but musicians like Ali Farka Touré and Oumou Sangaré." Etran De LAïr is not just a musical group, but a family collective. The group was formed in 1995. Agadez was much smaller then, few homes were electrified, and guitars were rare. As new technology found its way to Agadez, they band adapted, amplifying the acoustic guitar with a transducer microphone, acquiring electric guitars, and finding a drum set. As the family grew, so did the band, integrating the younger siblings into the musical group. This is Etrans debut record. They claim to have written over 40 songs, but none of them have been released until now. This session was recorded live in the outskirts of Agadez. The impromptu performance drew the entire neighborhood out of their houses -- eliciting the audible clapping, shouting, and ululation. Hand assembled three-color, old school offset covers; Edition of 1000." - Sahelsounds.

Artist: ETRAN DE LAIR
Title: No. 1
Format: CD
Label: Sahelsounds
Country: USA
Price: $15.00
"Based in the Northeast of Niger, Etran De LAïr is one of the longest running bands in Agadez. Unknown outside of their hometown, Etran is one of the hardest working bands on the wedding circuit, playing on ramshackle equipment in true DIY aesthetic. The name Etran De LAïr translates to "the Stars of the Aïr," the mountainous region of Northern Niger. They are based in the town of Agadez, an urban center renowned for the electric guitar and the Western named "desert blues." In the Sahara, this electric guitar genre is intertwined with social function. Its a lucrative commerce, and gigging bands make their living in weddings, baptisms, and political events. Etran De LAïr is one of Agadezs longest playing groups on the circuit. Yet they are also a band that has remained on the fringes, stars of the Agadez working class. Etran De LAïr play a style that captures the contemporary sound of Agadez, incorporating vastly different musics into their repertoire. While Tuareg guitar follows a predictable format, Etran breaks convention and throws a third guitar into the mix. The two lead guitars solo on top of one another, in constant dialogue, with a crashing response from the drum. There is a bubbly underwater warble that emerges from reverb and crackly amps. Its electric party music, surf rock, from a place that is all beach. They differentiate themselves from the other wedding bands: "... Our music is based around traditional Takamba... and we listen to a lot of Malian music. Not Tinariwen, but musicians like Ali Farka Touré and Oumou Sangaré." Etran De LAïr is not just a musical group, but a family collective. The group was formed in 1995. Agadez was much smaller then, few homes were electrified, and guitars were rare. As new technology found its way to Agadez, they band adapted, amplifying the acoustic guitar with a transducer microphone, acquiring electric guitars, and finding a drum set. As the family grew, so did the band, integrating the younger siblings into the musical group. This is Etrans debut record. They claim to have written over 40 songs, but none of them have been released until now. This session was recorded live in the outskirts of Agadez. The impromptu performance drew the entire neighborhood out of their houses -- eliciting the audible clapping, shouting, and ululation." - Sahelsounds.

Artist: GAO RAP
Title: Hip Hop From Northern Mali
Format: LP
Label: Sahelsounds
Country: USA
Price: $24.00
"Blissed out electronic Hip Hop from the Sahara. Gaos hyper localized genre reinterprets Western Hip Hop into a sounds unlike anything else in the world. Autotune, melodic synth, and PC-based beats combine in abstract home studio experiments. Droning takamba meets Hausa synth pop, with a healthy dose of Ragga. Obscure music that thrives on the local MP3 trade, this compilation highlights some of the most ambitious recordings of the past 10 years. Limited to 500." - Sahelsounds.

Artist: GARGANDO, ABBA
Title: s/t
Format: LP
Label: Sahelsounds
Country: USA
Price: $20.00
"Low-fi Tuareg guitar from renowned Timbouctou musician Abba Gargando. Original compositions and folklore classics from hypnotic electrified weddings to quiet fireside recordings in the refugee camps. Collected and recorded on cellphones, sparse recordings in the medium where he is best known. Limited edition of 500 with handmade covers." - Sahelsounds.

Artist: LES FILLES DE ILLIGHADAD
Title: Eghass Malan
Format: LP
Label: Sahelsounds
Country: USA
Price: $20.00
"Future Tuareg music from the female led avant-rock group Les Filles de Illighadad. Mixing traditional percussion with electric guitars, Les Filles brings ancient village folk music into the modern era. Drawing on traditional tende music, the forgotten inspiration of Tuareg guitar, Fatou Seidi Ghali and Les Filles breathe new life into the genre. Hypnotic guitar riffs, driving rhythm, and polyphonic resonant vocals combine to create organic sound, that is both timeless and natural. A wholly original project, from a band that just last year had never left their village. Eghass Malan is their first studio production. Les Filles are all from Illighadad, a secluded commune in central Niger. The sound that defines rural Niger is a music known as "tende". It takes its name from a drum, built from a goat skin stretched across a mortar and pestle. It is a music form dominated by women. In the past years, certain genres of Tuareg music have become popular in the west. International acts of "desert blues" like Tinariwen, Bombino, and Mdou Moctar have become synonymous with the name "Tuareg". But guitar music is a recent creation. In the 1970s young Tuareg men living in exile in Libya and Algeria discovered the guitar. Lacking any female vocalists to perform tende, they began to play the guitar to mimic this sound, replacing water drums with plastic jerrycans and substituting a guitar drone for the vocal call and response. In time, this new guitar sound came to eclipse the tende. If tende is a music that has always been sung by woman, the Tuareg guitar was its gendered counterpart. Fatou Seidi Ghali, lead vocalist and performer of Les Filles is one of the only Tuareg female guitarists in Niger. Sneaking away with her older brothers guitar, she taught herself to play. While Fatous role as the first female Tuareg guitarist is groundbreaking, it is just as interesting for her musical direction. In a place where gender norms have created two divergent musics, Fatou and Les Filles are reasserting the role of tende in Tuareg guitar. In lieu of the djembe or the drum kit, so popular in contemporary Tuareg rock bands, Les Filles de Illighadad incorporate the traditional drum and the pounding calabash, half buried in water. Recorded on their debut tour in Europe after just a handful of concerts, Eghass Malan maintains a feeling that is spontaneous and inspired." - Sahelsounds.

Artist: LUKA PRODUCTIONS
Title: Fasokan
Format: LP
Label: Sahelsounds
Country: USA
Price: $22.00
"New age music from West Africa. Lush and hypnotic dream-scapes combine traditional instrumentation with sweeping electronics, field recordings, and soothing affirmations. Bamako based composer Luka Productions delves into avant-griot, transforming ancient music into the 21st century. The songs are meditative and sage, as voices guide the listener through ways of living, from the village life to the modern world. Inspired from early electronic music, library records, and new age, this is easily one of the most left field recordings to ever come out of Mali. In Bambara. Limited to 500." - Sahelsounds.
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Artist: LUKA PRODUCTIONS
Title: Mali Kady
Format: Cass
Label: Sahelsounds
Country: USA
Price: $8.00
"Future beats from rapper/producer Luka, one of the freshest talent of Bamakos Hip Hop scene. Rapid fire raps over blinged out baliphone and shocking synths. Drawing on expansive Malian tradition, reimagined into décalé infused dance and Sahelian club bangers. Featuring a host of guest MCs, a sampling of Bamakos finest. Cassette limited to 250." - Sahelsounds.

Artist: MOCTAR, MDOU
Title: Afelan
Format: LP
Label: Sahelsounds
Country: USA
Price: $17.00
"Tuareg rock from Nigers 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." -Sahel Sounds.

Artist: MOCTAR, MDOU
Title: Akounak Tedalat Taha Tazoughai
Format: DVD
Label: Sahelsounds
Country: USA
Price: $16.00
"The first ever Tuareg language fictional film, based on the legendary rock-u-drama Purple Rain (1984), Akounak explores the world of a musician trying to succeed in the raucous subculture of the Niger guitar scene. The protagonist, real life musician Mdou Moctar, must battle fierce competition from jealous musicians, overcome family conflicts, endure the trials of love, and overcome his biggest rival - himself. Carried by stunning musical performances from Mdou, the film is a window into modern day Tuareg guitar and an experiment in participatory ethnographic filmmaking. In Tamashek, with English and French subtitles; 75 minutes, all region DVD, NTSC format. Limited edition of 1000 copies. Directed by Christopher Kirkley." - Sahelsounds.

Artist: MOCTAR, MDOU
Title: Akounak Tedalat Taha Tazoughai OST
Format: LP
Label: Sahelsounds
Country: USA
Price: $18.00
"Rocking soundtrack recording from Rain the Color Blue with a Little Red In It, a revolutionary story of guitars, motorcycles, cellphones -- and the music of a new generation. Original compositions from Mdou Moctar from the film about his rise to fame in the city of Agadez. From the raucous heavy psychedelic to the beautiful pentatonic sublime. Includes original compositions and reverb heavy intermission film score." - Sahelsounds.

Artist: MOCTAR, MDOU
Title: Sousoume Tamachek
Format: CD
Label: Sahelsounds
Country: USA
Price: $15.00
"Music for desert picnics. Tuareg guitarist Mdou Moctar delves into his more sensitive side with a minimal studio recording of dreamy ballads. Emotive and introspective, exploring themes of religion, spirituality, and matters of the heart. Songs that are difficult to place, lifted out of half remembered memory for one last time. Mdou Moctar (né Mahamadou Souleymane) hails from the town of Tchintabaraden, Niger, a tiny village on the edge of the Sahara. Playing in the style of Tuareg guitar made popular in the West by Tinariwen and Bombino, Mdou is one of the few original singer/songwriters willing to experiment and push the boundaries of the genre at home and abroad. In 2012, Mdou relocated from his village to Agadez, the center of Nigers guitar scene, and formed his band. Over the past years, he has become well-known on the international circuit, playing high energy electrified music in festivals and clubs across Europe and North America. In 2013, he released his first international album, Afelan, rocking and raw sessions recorded live in Niger. In 2015, he starred in the first ever Tuareg language film, Akounak Tedalat Taha Tazoughai (SAHEL 028DVD), a Nigerien remake of Purple Rain (1984). In the past years, Tuareg rock music, particularly that of Niger, has gotten faster, with wavering guitar solos, rapid fire drums, and heavy distortion. For Mdou, this was not always the case. Self-taught in a religious region that eschewed the guitar, Mdou was forced to learn music in secret. And when he did begin to play, there were no weddings or festivities. His early oeuvre was developed to play at informal private sessions with his friends. In these "takits" or picnics, Mdou and his friends would pass the lazy days together sitting under a tree, drinking tea, laughing, and singing songs. For Sousoume Tamachek, Mdou revisits this "music for desert picnics", taking his compositions from his youth, and bringing them to the studio. From love ballads ("Nikali Talit"), religious praise ("Ilmouloud"), to life counsel ("Amidini"), the songs are intensely personal, both in content and in structure. Constructed around the guitar, Mdou plays everything on the album in lush layered overdubs, singing both call and response vocals, playing rhythm guitar, and drumming on the calabash. Produced in collaboration with Christopher Kirkley (Sahel Sounds) and long-time associate Jesse Johnson (Boomarm Nation), the light touch pays respect to the origin of these ballads." - Sahelsounds.

Artist: SANI, MAMMAN
Title: Taariitt
Format: LP
Label: Sahelsounds
Country: USA
Price: $18.00
2015 repress. "Cosmic synth from Nigers 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." - Sahelsounds.

Artist: SEIDI GHALI, FATOU & ALAMNOU AKROUNI
Title: Les Filles de Illighadad
Format: LP
Label: Sahelsounds
Country: USA
Price: $19.00
"Sublime recordings from rural Niger. Two very different sides of Tuareg music - dreamy ishumar acoustic guitar sessions, and the hypnotic polyphonic tende that inspires it. Guitarist Fatou Seidi Ghali and vocalist Alamnou Akrouni lead their collective, named after the village. Recorded in the open air studio of the desert." - Sahelsounds.

Artist: TISDASS
Title: Yamedan
Format: Cass
Label: Sahelsounds
Country: USA
Price: $8.00
"Self produced album from Niger Tuareg rock outfit TisDass. Looping electric guitar and thumping two chord rhythms. Led by singer songwriter Kildjate Moussa Albadé, former bassist for Group Bombino, his solo project draws on his vast repertoire of influences, inspired from his years on the road. Covers and some original compositions, paying homage to desert origins of assouf music, while ushering in a new global sound." - Sahelsounds.

Artist: V/A
Title: Agrim Agadez: Musique Guitare de la Republique du Niger
Format: LP
Label: Sahelsounds
Country: USA
Price: $19.00
"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 single microphone, with backdrop of childrens voices, crickets, and village ambience. A follow up to Laila Je TAime and Ishilan n-Tenere. With 16 page full color liner notes." - Sahelsounds.

Artist: V/A
Title: Music From Saharan Cellphones
Format: LP
Label: Sahelsounds
Country: USA
Price: $16.00
2017 repress, originally released in 2012. "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." - Sahelsounds.

Artist: V/A
Title: Music from Saharan Cellphones Vol. 2
Format: LP
Label: Sahelsounds
Country: USA
Price: $16.00
"Contemporary pop music from the Sahara desert, where songs are stored on cellphones. Collected in Northern Mali in 2010 (since taken over by extremists whove banned music on cellphones) the second volume expands into new sonic territory - from dreamy Niger guitar ballads, Bamako club juke, and hi energy Moroccan child Raï - with a focus on the Autotuned DIY creations circulating the desert. Includes insert with liner notes." -Sahelsounds.

Artist: V/A
Title: Nouakchott Wedding Songs
Format: LP
Label: Sahelsounds
Country: USA
Price: $19.00
"Raucous and electrified wedding songs from the desert kingdom of Mauritania. Luxurious overload of microtonal scales, phaser pedals, and unpredictable polyrhythms. Documentation of a little known music scene where disparate influences meet in beautiful permutations. This is desert music as its performed - loud and unfiltered. Comes with 12 page full color booklet. Limited to 1000." - Sahelsounds.

Artist: V/A
Title: This Is Kologo Power!
Format: LP
Label: Sahelsounds
Country: USA
Price: $20.00
"High-energy Ghanian contemporary Kologo music, the West African two stringed banjo. Stripped down studio recordings push the two stringed lute into expansive territories of dance floor worthy bangers. Cousin to delta blues, in both forceful style and strong social messages, sung in Frafra and pidgin English. Recorded in local studios in Ghana and Amsterdam, and produced by King Ayisoba. Limited 500 edition, North American pressing." - Sahelsounds.

Artist: V/A
Title: Uchronia: Field Recordings from Alternate Realities
Format: LP
Label: Sahelsounds
Country: USA
Price: $24.00
"Ethnographic documentation of a fictional Bamako where Abubakari II discovered America. Musical recordings of future manding, bamako nu-wave, hip hop visionaries, and the sounds of an imagined geography. Includes 60 page booklet of photographs. Collaboration between photographer Maciek Pozoga and musicologist Christopher Kirkley, and a number of Bamakos artists, ethnologists, musicians, and designers. Soundtrack for the exhibition “Uchronia : The Unequivocal Interpretation of Reality.”” - Sahelsounds.

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