I got the wrong idea when I saw "wedding songs" (based on my being from a completely different culture). It's a raw and raucous sampler, with each piece fitting perfectly with the others. Definitely a new favorite in my Sahel collection. Give it a try!
Raucous and electrified wedding songs from the desert kingdom of Mauritania. Luxurious overload of micro-tonal scales, phaser pedals, and unpredictable poly-rhythms. Documentation of a little known music scene where disparate influences meet in beautiful permutations. This is desert music as it’s performed - loud and unfiltered. Comes with 12 page full color booklet (PDF in download). Vinyl limited to 1000.
released December 8, 2015
Produced and Recorded by Christopher Kirkley
Text and Photos by Christopher Kirkley
Translation and modal identification by Sidna Alem and Matthew Tinari
Mastered by Timothy Stollenwerk at Stereophonic Mastering
supported by 154 fans who also own “Nouakchott Wedding Songs”
You don't even need to read the info to know they are singing of peace and love energy. this is such pure music -- not in a fetishization of ethnic music kinda way. it's so clear that this all resonates from a heart center. the recordings are raw and encapsulate sitting literally anywhere except a recording studio making music. love this to pieces. sumptuous