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Monday 9 May 2022

More Sounds Of The Sahel

It was Bandcamp Friday last week and, as usual, the excellent Sahel Sounds label made everything in their back catalogue available to download on a 'name your own price' basis. 

Given the consistently high quality of the records they put out that really is an extraordinary bargain, and one of which I have taken full advantage. I have now got pretty much everything they have issued.

Among the albums I picked up on Friday was "Waande Kadde" by Amadou Binta Konté and Tidiane Thiam, recorded live in Northern Senegal and featuring guitar, hoddu (a traditional stringed instrument) and some enthusiastic locals. It is a very hypnotic sound, none more so than on today's selection. 

For the avoidance of doubt, I would like to point out that while today is the start of the working week and "Guilly" goes on for over 18 minutes this is a coincidence and not in any way a breach of any other bloggers' copyright.

"Guilly" -  Amadou Binta Konté & Tidiane Thiam

One of the other albums I acquired on Friday was "Agadez", the new album by the excellent Etran de L'Air. We featured the lead-off single "Toubouk Ine Chihoussay" on here last year, don't be surprised if some of the other tracks pop up in future.

What do you get if you put "Agadez" and Mr Konté's first name together? Why, this, of course.

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