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Audio: Music From Saharan Cellphones Interview With DJ/Rupture


In the dense digital woods of contemporary world music, DJ/Rupture's radio show Mudd Up! on WFMU is a guiding light on global sounds. Recently, Chris Kirkley of Sahel Sounds graced the program to divulge his field recording secrets and strategies for exchanging music with West African locals, which ultimately lead to the creation of Music from Saharan Cell Phones.

Highlights include how Kirkley recorded Mauritanian wedding music, "I would wander around until I found weddings happening. I'd stop taxi drivers sometimes and say just drive me around until we find a wedding." Tracking down the local artists that constructed the sounds was another feat all together. For the task, Kirkley utilized the modern social networks he'd used to obtain much of the music in the first place:

One of the biggest resources has been facebook, there is a  great feature where you can search for mutual friends and filter them based on cities if you know one of these bands lives in a particular city you can filter and just find who you know that lives in Tamanrasset. Then I just started sending messages to people that look  musicians and asking them, do you know this song?

Here the full interview below.

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The Fugees Will Be Playing Live Concerts In Ghana & Nigeria

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The legendary Fugees have announced that they will be reuniting for their first shows in 15 years for a string of concerts across North America, Europe and West Africa.

The reunion tour will be celebrating the anniversary of their classic 1996 album, The Score.

Ms. Lauryn Hill, Wyclef Jean and Pras Michel will be embarking on a 12-city global tour, which will have them landing in Nigeria and Ghana for a pair of December show dates — we'll have more details on those to come.

The tour starts this week with a 'secret' pop-up show at an undisclosed location in New York City on Wednesday (9/22) in support of Global Citizen Live. The rest of the dates will kick-off in November and see The Fugees playing concerts across Chicago Los Angeles, Atlanta, Oakland, Miami, Newark, Paris, London, and Washington DC, before finishing off in Nigeria and Ghana.

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