Film

'not just phones' Documentary About Sahel Sounds

'not just phones,' a documentary about Sahel Sounds founder Christopher Kirkley, is in pre-production from German filmmaking trio neopan kollektiv.


Sahel Sounds founder, Chris Kirkley (right) and Sahel Sounds artist Mammane Sani (left)

not just phones is a new documentary project about Sahel Sounds, the blog and record label most recently behind Balani Show Super Hits and the forthcoming Tuareg adaptation of Purple Rain. Still in pre-production, the film from German neopan kollektiv trio Tobias Adam, Florian Kläger and Markus Milcke will set out to shed light on the ongoing ethnomusicology work of Sahel Sounds founder Chris Kirkley, who in 2009 began the blog as a digital archive of the transient mp3s housed exclusively on cellphone memory cards throughout the Sahel region. Since its inception, Kirkley's Sahel Sounds has dropped more than a few of our favorite compilations, including the wildly popular Music From Saharan Cellphones Vol. 1– a 9-track treasure trove of sounds from the Western Sahara. The film is expected to be ready in Spring/Summer 2015. Until then you can watch a trailer along with a short teaser profiling Sahel Sounds artist Mammane Sani below. Find out more on the project via the film's Indiegogo campaign.

Interview

This Compilation Shines a Light On East African Underground Music

We talk to a few of the artists featured on the Music For the Eagles compilation from Uganda's Nyege Nyege.

Nyege Nyege, a label in Kampala, Uganda is channelling the confidence brimming over a whole continent. Africa is no longer the future. For dance music, its time is right now.

Music For the Eagles is a compilation released in conjunction with Soundcloud to showcase the best new acts that East Africa has to offer outside the mainstream. A new wave of artists firmly blasting non-conformist energy for you to spasm to. Music that takes you places. Otim Alpha's high BPM wedding frenzy of incessant rasping vocals accompanied by feverous violin will have you clawing the walls to oblivion. Anti Vairas' dancehall from a battleship with super galactic intentions doesn't even break a sweat as it ruins you. FLO's beautiful sirens call, is a skittish and detuned nursery rhyme that hints at a yearning for love but reveals something far more unnerving. Ecko Bazz's tough spiralling vocal over sub-bass and devil trap energy is an anthem that can only be bewailed. And Kidane Fighter's tune is more trance-like prayer. These are only some of the highlights for you to shake it out to.

We got to chat with a few of the artists featured on the Music For the Eagles compilation as they took a break from the studio below.

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