Zerzura (Original Soundtrack Recording)

by Ahmoudou Madassane

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    The first-ever ethnographic acid Western! In a genre-defying film, Zerzura follows a young man from a small village in Niger who leaves home in search of an enchanted oasis. His journey leads him into a surreal vision of the Sahara, crossing paths with djinn, bandits, gold seekers, and migrants. Zerzura is a modern folktale transposed onto an acid Western, equal parts Jodorowsky and Jean Rouch. Written and developed with a local Tuareg cast, Zerzura mixes ethnofiction with the genre picture, exploring themes of migration and exoticism through a collaborative approach.

    Comes with 12-page booklet. In Tamashek with English and French subtitles; 84 minutes, all region DVD, NTSC format. Limited edition of 1000 copies.

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    Limited Edition Poster for the film Zerzura. 18" x 25" Screenprinted and hand numbered. Edition of 100.

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Original soundtrack recording to the film Zerzura, the first ever Saharan acid Western, telling the story of a nomad’s search for a magic city of gold. Evoking the desert journey with free form guitar improvisations, the soundtrack is a meditation on the mysteries of the Sahara. Composed by writer and actor Ahmoudou Madassane, the instrumental score takes the familiar Tuareg guitar tradition into new directions, transforming desert blues into ambient soundscapes.

Recorded in studio while watching footage from the film, the score was recorded in live and spontaneous takes. Heavily based around the electric guitar, Madassane also plays a handful of other in-studio instrumentation (prepared piano, Moog, Timpani) and is joined by a number of collaborators, including guitarist Marisa Anderson.

A prolific and backing artist in a number of groups (Mdou Moctar, Les Filles de Illighadad), Madassane is well versed in Tuareg guitar folk and draws inspiration from this tradition before veering off into uncharted territory. Pieces fluctuate in timing and break free from standard rhythm, moving from melancholic serenity to blurry psychedelic fury. An experimental foray for Tuareg guitar, Zerzura is the first of its kind.

credits

released November 23, 2018

All music performed by Ahmoudou Madassane
Addition instruments Marisa Anderson, Christopher Kirkley, Leonardo C. Antunes Kirkley, Karen Antunes
Recorded and engineered by Jason Powers at Type Foundry
Mixed by Jason Powers & Christopher Kirkley
Mastered by Timothy Stollenwerk
Photography & Artwork by Christopher Kirkley
Produced with support from Regional Arts & Culture Council
Thanks to Mississippi Records, Kati Hanks-Lashley, Austin Tretwold, Not Vital

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