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Audio: Agali Ag Amoumine 'Takamba'


Raw goodies for the New Year compliments of Chris Kirkley's field work, and this time it's in the form of stream of consciousness field recordings of Timbouctou vocalist and Tehardent player  Agali "Ali" Ag Amoumine and calabsh player Alhassane Maïga. The release, "Takamba" is named after a place in Mali, and is also "a slow ghostly dance, a distinctive staggered rhythm clapped on a calabash, and a gritty distorted terhardent." Sections of this recording feel pretty trance-like with it's endless lo-fi electric Tehardent (3 string lute) noodling which dominates the 40 plus minutes cassette release. Calabash rhythms and shout-outs to "New York" also line this anti-produced sound. Check out Sahel Sounds for more notes and videos.

Photo by Meztli Yoalli Rodríguez

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