Music from Saharan cellphones is a compilation of music collected from memory cards of cellular phones in the Saharan desert.
In much of West Africa, cellphones are used as all-purpose multimedia devices. In lieu of personal computers and high-speed internet, the knockoff cellphones house portable music collections, playback songs on tinny built-in speakers, and swap files in a very literal peer to peer Bluetooth wireless transfer.
The songs chosen for the compilation were some of the highlights -- music that is immensely popular on the unofficial mp3/cellphone network from Abidjan to Bamako to Algiers, but have limited or no commercial release. They're also songs that tend towards this new world of self-production -- Fruity Loops, home studios, synthesizers, and Autotune.
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That Strat. guitar tone. The waves of trance like repetition. I hear Blind Owl from Canned Heat, Jimi Hendrix, Maleem Mahmoud Ghania. Blues and Psychedelic sounds with the North African groove. Timothy Kearns
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Great to see the ladies doing it so well in the usually male dominated Tuareg music world. Raw, unpolished soul music from that fascinating area in Africa where East starts to meet West - a lovely life affirming listen TheSlowMusicMovement