El Wali —
Tiris ... LP Sahel Sounds, 1994. New Copy ...
A fantastic album from a West Saharan group dedicated to political independence of the Sahrawi people, but who also work with a great blend of older acoustic styles and a few contemporary electric elements! The music has maybe a touch of Tuareg guitar in the mix, but there's also some powerful ... (Global Grooves) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A seminal album in the Tuareg scene – a record that was initially issued on cassette in the mid-90s, and circulated in the underground as a bold statement of freedom and power! Abdallah Ag Oumbadougou has a guitar style that's fantastically complex, but instantly moving – tight lines ... (Global Grooves) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Amazing sounds from Niger – some really hypnotic lines on electric organ – played in a way that's unlike any other use of the instrument we've ever heard! There's a flowing, water-like quality to the music that's almost in the territory of Terry Riley's work on organ – yet the ... (Out Sound) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Other-worldly music from Mammane Sani – the cat playing the cool typewriter-looking organ on the front cover – which comes across here with a sound that's nice and spooky, and not unlike Sun Ra playing some of his cool electric keyboards! The style is maybe more tuneful and ... (Out Sound) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Really unusual music recorded in contemporary Niger – performed by a group that features two different musicians each playing calabash – a large gourd that is used in this very percussive way, but with deep sounds that almost rumble as if the earth itself were being pounded in the ... (Global Grooves) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Beautifully spare work on guitar from Tidiane Thiam – a Senegalese guitarist who's got some of the same amazing sense of tone and phrasing as John Fahey, Robbie Basho, and the acoustic underground of their generation! Thiam's sense of chromatics is wonderful – and the tunes have a slow- ... (Global Grooves) read moreLP, Vinyl record album