Anar

by Mdou Moctar

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jean paul hare
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jean paul hare One of the most interesting things I have ever heard...reminding me of long nights spent in places far from home...erratic clashes of modern and ancient...synths v strings...eastern flavors v west...vocal chords v vocorder....its really something Favorite track: La Super.
Pete OntheCorner
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Pete OntheCorner Anar just nudges it on this diverse winner from Sahel Sounds.Mdou Moctar merges influences subtlety & uses modern equipment to enhance rather than overwhelm.I'm always bowled over & ready to book a trip when hearing camel rhythms.The tracks here are measured in variation & Anar maybe THE one though the uptempo Kared Etran is a treat & the release finishes with the spacious Ibitlan bringing a dose of blues as the hipnotic rhythm & vocal melody travel to wherever you are and wanting more. Favorite track: Anar.
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Spaced out autotune from Niger. Tuareg guitar accompanied with loping drum machines and vocal plug ins, interpreted via the filter of Bollywood influenced Hausa pop. Mdou Moctar’s debut studio recording from 2008, was never officially released but widely distributed via the cellphone file sharing networks of the Sahara. A monumental record sonically, but also as one of the first modern electronic adaptations of Tuareg guitar.

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released September 9, 2014

All tracks written and performed by Mdou Moctar
Recorded at Ahmadia Multimedia Sound Studio, Sokoto, Nigeria, 2008
Cover art by Petit Ag Hamidoun
Mastering by Timothy Stollenwerk at Stereophonic Mastering

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Sahelsounds is a project begun in 2009 exploring the cultural and musical phenomena of the Sahel region of West Africa. Through field recording, interviews, video, youtube archeology, cellphone data collection, sahelsounds uses archiving to transmit a story. ... more

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