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Field Recordings from the Sahel

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Side A 29:53
Side B 28:45


Ambient field recordings collected across the Western Sahel. Sounds of desert oases, late night radio broadcasts, village calls to prayer, and riverboats drifting down the Niger river. A nice companion piece to the musical work from the blog, this an hommage to the sounds that don't always find their way onto records.


Sura 78 of the Kur'an, Soninke Mosque, Nouakchott, Mauritania

Wolof grief, Radio, Nouakchott, Mauritania

Dogs barking at night, Cinquieme, Mauritania

Phone credit sellers, Cinquieme, Mauritania
Balcony at sunset, Marche Capital, Nouakchott, Mauritania
Woman Singing at Well, Zarga, Chinguetti, Mauritania

Children playing drums, old city, Chinguetti, Mauritania
Medah drumming, old city, Chinguetti, Mauritania
Shortwave radio emission, Timtindech, Mauritania

Prayer call, Timtindech, Mauritania
Loading pinasse on river, Mopti, Mali
Ali Farka cassette, pinasse, Niger River, Mali

Clapping games, Niafounke, Mali
Girl and Mother singing, Niafounke, Mali

Sahl Le Guindo, ndjarka, Niafounke, Mali
Video game sounds, Niafounke, Mali
Morning recordings, Timbouctou, Mali
Bella women, mortar and pestle, Timbouctou, Mali
Mohammad Bidega, thumb piano, Timbouctou, Mali


Children with drums in old town, Timbouctou, Mali

Sounds of cellphones, night bus rest stop, Douentza, Mali

Karate practice, Gao, Mali

Ibrahim Iz and Coco, rooftop night guitar music, Gao, Mali
Shortwave radio recording, Gao, Mali

Takamba, radio emission, Gao, Mali

Issawat, Festival Tamosonghoi, Bourem, Mali

Aki, Towti, and Teyti, Issawat, Djounhan, Mali (Azawad)

Ambience of nomad camp, Djounhan, Mali (Azawad)

Camels return at night, Djounhan, Mali (Azawad)

Mariama and kids, bileebal, Djounhan, Mali (Azawad)
Mohamed, Yerodi, takhanit flute, Kidal, Mali (Azawad)


released February 21, 2018

Recorded by Christopher Kirkley in Mauritania & Mali


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