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Jan 7 2013

Music from Saharan Cellphones Vol. 2 launch this Thursday!

We are done with inventory and back open for business!  To kick off the new year we have a record release party this Thursday evening for Volume 2 of Music from Saharan Cellphones! Christopher Kirkley who compiled the album will here, DJ’ing top Saharan cell-tunes! This Thursday January 10th, 6pm at Ooga Booga in Chinatown :)

About Music from Saharan Cellphones:

Volume 2 draws from material from both of the first two Sahel Sounds cassettes: from hi-energy Moroccan Raï, desert ishumar guitar, Sonrai rap from Northern Mali, to yet to be named genres like “Tuareg Autotune”. Producing this compilation involved tracking down the artists via Facebook, Youtube, and trips back to the Sahel, where Christopher met several of the artists.

The music on the disc was originally collected in Kidal in 2010, tunes circulating on the unofficial “cellphone network” of Bluetooth exchanges and mp3 trades. Since then, many speculated that internet would wash over the desert rendering the peer to peer transfers of cellphone exchanges inútil. Instead, a more sinister force of religious of extremists have spelled an end to cellphone music – banning any non-Koranic mp3s on cellphones. Northerners are holding their breath waiting for the sandstorm to pass.


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