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Audio: Mdou Moctar & Brainstorm 'Anar/Vanessa' [7" Giveaway]


The ever-fascinating Sahel Sounds project — probably best known for their Music From Saharan Cellphones compilations — puts together a 7" release for Tchin-Tabaradene (Niger) guitarist Mdou Moctar's swaying auto-tuned love ballad "Anar," a huge tune on Northern African cellphone media players. On the flip side is Portland-based Brainstorm's glowing re-work of the song, under new title "Vanessa," filled with anglophone lyrics and trotting guitars. Buy the Mdou Moctar / Brainstorm 7", available now. Comment below with your name and e-mail for a chance to win a copy of the 7"!

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