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Audio: Mohamed Karzo's Niger Guitar Lullabies

Sahel Sounds follows Nigerien guitarist Mohamed Karzo for a series of live recordings, which you can listen to here.


Sahel Sounds takes us on yet another journey through the underrepresented side of the music scene in West Africa, this time recording a beautiful pair of tracks from Nigerien guitarist Mohamed Karzo via a private listening session in the performer's home. Karzo is the nephew of Abdallah Ag Oumbadougou, considered to be the godfather of Niger's guitar sounds, and Karzo pays homage to his uncle by playing a cover of his song, "Tenere." Before that, Sahel offers us "C'est La Vie," a slow, bluesy Karzo original featuring the guitarist's own vocals. Listen to "C'est La Vie" and "Tenere" below, and head over to Sahel Sounds to read the rest of the feature.

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>>>Stream: Mohamed Karzo 'C'est La Vie'

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>>> Stream: Mohamed Karzo 'Tenere'

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Emile YX? Wants to 'Reconnect The String'

The father of South African hip-hop's latest book release is here to teach you about the culture.

As a father-figure in South African hip-hop, there's a lot Emile Lester Jansen, aka Emile YX?, knows. He'll also tell you, there's a lot he doesn't. But the knowledge Emile has gained, over his 3 decades in music, he's always tried to share with others. His latest project is no different. The Black Noise founder is working on a book that identifies the similarities between Bushmen expression and hip-hop, and how this knowledge can help empower anyone who has a love of the culture.

The book, which will be called Reconnect The String, comes on the back of this year's 21st anniversary of the African Hip Hop Indaba, one of the landmark hip hop events in Cape Town created by Emile, which has helped many an artist launch their career. As a teacher and a musician, he's long been involved in using hip hop to uplift communities—first through the seminal group Black Noise, founded in the late 1980s, with its rhymes rallying against Apartheid, and then through the Heal the Hood organization, a non-profit that grew out of the group's efforts to use its love of hip hop to fuel youth development initiatives in townships on the Cape Flats.

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