Sunday, 27 November 2022

Sahel Sounds Souvenir

Yes, it's Sahel Sounds Sunday. No, it's not the start of a series.

November was the first Bandcamp Friday in a long time that I didn't buy anything from Sahel Sounds, more a case of blowing my budget on other music, rather than the well running dry. I'd previously been focusing on catching up with the vast number of Sahel Sounds compilations that have been made available over the years. 
However, in October, I did buy a trio of artist albums by Mamman Sani Abdoulaye, Les Filles De Illighadad and Mdou Moctar. The former was a recommendation by The Swede (thank you!) and dates from 1978, sounding like something that would have come from Sheffield via The Human League or Cabaret Voltaire, rather than Niamey, Niger. Hama, hailing from the same capital city, is a natural successor, with an Eighties sound to match anything Jan Hammer and Harold Faltermeyer could put on a TV or movie soundtrack.

I've greatly enjoyed the Les Filles De Illighadad and Mdou Moctar albums and the remaining selection here continues to highlight artists that I want to explore further. And of course, it would be remiss of me not to include King Ayisoba (albeit here in a guest appearance with Atamina) as a thank you to Ernie at 27 Leggies
If you enjoy this and missed my previous Sahel Sounds selection, you can find it here.
1) Hey Malale: Andal Sukabe (2022)
2) Lidda: Mamman Sani (1978)
3) Afashee: Prince Buju (2015)
4) Ahiyana: Idassane Wallet Mohamed (2008)
5) Erilegh Ifanata: Les Filles De Illighadad (2016)
6) Home Witches: Asaa Naho (2016)
7) Ndougou: Fagaru Evolution (2010)
8) Terroir: Hama (2019)
9) Kamane Tarhanin: Mdou Moctar (2019)
10) Africa Problem: Atamina ft. King Ayisoba (2016)
11) Souvenir Nam Adjosa: Koudédé (2006)

2010: Ishilan n-Tenere: 7
2013: La Musique Electronique Du Niger: 2
2013: Music From Saharan Cellphones: Volume 2: 11
2016: Les Filles De Illighadad: 5
2016: This is Kologo Power!: 3, 6
2019: Ilana: The Creator: 9
2020: Sahel Sounds Label Sampler 2: 4, 8, 10
2022: Music From Saharan WhatsApp: 1

Sahel Sounds Souvenir (46:12) (Box) (Mega)