S&D: the Sahel Sounds label

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how have we not done this? probably confined to a rolling thread or five.

new Les Filles just announced:


my faves are the Music From Saharan Cellphones comps, the Ishilan-i-Tenere comp LP, HAMA, and all the Mdou Moctar (oh and Les Filles of course)

I like signing up to dead sites (sleeve), Wednesday, 24 March 2021 23:44 (one year ago) link

oh man there's a Pheno S album, I gotta check that out

I like signing up to dead sites (sleeve), Wednesday, 24 March 2021 23:45 (one year ago) link

Only listened once but I like the Wau Wau Collective

rob, Wednesday, 24 March 2021 23:52 (one year ago) link

Of recent releases, I should say

rob, Wednesday, 24 March 2021 23:53 (one year ago) link

yes!!! it's totally bonkers and great, I hear a lot of American country music influence in it? is that crazy?

I like signing up to dead sites (sleeve), Wednesday, 24 March 2021 23:55 (one year ago) link

Ha I don’t know! I need to revisit it, I mostly remember the dubbiness, but it did go in lots of directions

rob, Thursday, 25 March 2021 00:26 (one year ago) link

oh yeah this label is cool! i've barely scratched the surface but

chill groovy organ, my copy is too warped to play sadly :-(

ripping electric guitar from niger

not sure what's going on on this one but it's fucking sick!

brimstead, Thursday, 25 March 2021 04:04 (one year ago) link

outside of the well-known stuff on this label (Moctar, Les Filles, etc), I really love this album:


From the Bandcamp: "Original compositions and folklore classics from hypnotic electrified weddings to quiet fireside recordings in the refugee camps. Collected and recorded on cellphones, sparse recordings in the medium where he is best known."

alpine static, Thursday, 25 March 2021 04:22 (one year ago) link

I'm continuing to really enjoy the Wau Wau album. I keep forgetting to register if I hear any country—there's a lot going on throughout!—but I do think you're on to something, sleeve

Anyone have a favorite among the Mamman Sani Abdoulaye releases?

rob, Wednesday, 7 April 2021 15:19 (one year ago) link

got the Les Filles posted upthread on a bandcamp Friday, such a great record

kind of a bummer for them they lost Mdou Moctar to Matador but that was inevitable

Blues Guitar Solo Heatmap (Free Download) (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Wednesday, 7 April 2021 15:30 (one year ago) link

love Les Filles

lol I only just noticed brimstead linked a Mamman Sani album

rob, Wednesday, 7 April 2021 15:33 (one year ago) link

I really loved Taaritt by Mamman Sani, but not familiar enough with the rest to tell you if it's the best one. It definitely has the best cover, though, how can you resist?


emil.y, Wednesday, 7 April 2021 17:50 (one year ago) link

ha that cover does rule

rob, Wednesday, 7 April 2021 17:57 (one year ago) link

been listening to this one A LOT. https://tidianethiam.bandcamp.com/album/siftorde
extremely nice acoustic guitar instrumentals, kinda relaxing and mellow, but super intricate too.

tylerw, Wednesday, 7 April 2021 18:54 (one year ago) link

^just put this on and it's exquisite

rob, Thursday, 8 April 2021 14:38 (one year ago) link

"exquisite" is the right word, yeah

tylerw, Thursday, 8 April 2021 14:39 (one year ago) link

eight months pass...

We're doing a last-minute sale over at our Bandcamp page as a way of saying thanks for all the support this year. Get 15% off at checkout with the code "2021." Promo ends at midnight PST on 12/31/2021.https://t.co/GcSaKCleg3

— sahel sounds (@sahelsounds) December 30, 2021

rob, Thursday, 30 December 2021 20:04 (nine months ago) link

eight months pass...

new Wau Wau Collectif in November: https://wauwaucollectif.bandcamp.com/album/mariage

the preview track is a fun little jam

rob, Monday, 19 September 2022 14:38 (one week ago) link

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