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Here's Some Future Synth Music From Niger

Nigerién keyboardist Hama transforms Saharan folk songs into psychedelic electronic gems in his new album, Houmeissa.

Hama is a composer and keyboardist based in Niamey, Niger making something we haven't really much of: electronic desert folk songs.

Hama, also known as Hama Techno (real name Mouhamadou Moussa), spends his days working as a private driver in Niamey and came to doing music almost as an accident when a neighbor gifted him a synthesizer.

It was that gift that led him to start reinterpreting popular desert folk songs through an electronic lens.

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Win Tickets To See The Tuareg 'Purple Rain' Remake 'Akounak Tedalat Taha Tazoughai' At The New York African Film Festival

Enter here to win a pair of tickets to see the Tuareg remake of Prince's 'Purple Rain' at the New York African Film Festival.

Mdou Moctar in Akounak Tedalat Taha Tazoughai
The 23rd edition of the New York African Film Festival gets underway this week. Presented under the theme “Modern Days, Ancient Nights: 50 Years of African Filmmaking” (a nod to the 50th anniversary of the “Father of African Cinema” Ousmane Sembène’s first feature, Black Girl), this year’s festival includes 25 feature-length films and 27 short films from a total of 26 countries. As in previous years, the festival begins with a week of screenings and events at the Film Society of Lincoln Center (May 1 + May 4-10) before continuing throughout the month of May at Maysles Cinema in Harlem (May 13-15) and over Memorial Day Weekend at the Brooklyn Academy of Music as part of BAM’s DanceAfrica festival (May 26-30).

Okayafrica is teaming up with the NYAFF to offer up a pair of tickets to see Akounak Tedalat Taha Tazoughai (“Rain The Color Blue With A Little Red In It”) on Saturday, May 7th, at the Film Society of Lincoln Center. Akounak, if you recall, is Sahel Sounds founder and filmmaker Christopher Kirkley’s remake of Prince’s Purple Rain starring Nigerien musician Mdou Moctar. The project marks the first time a full-length film has been shot entirely in the Tuareg language.

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Vintage Nigerien Psychedelic Rock From Azna de L’Ader, Released Officially For The First Time

The 8-song record compiles highlights from pioneering Niger rock band Azna de L'Ader's 40+ years of existence.

Zabaya front album cover via Sahel Sounds.

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Sahel Sounds' Soothing Mix For Boiler Room: Upfront Series

Listen to Sahel Sounds' mix for Boiler Room's Upfront series, featuring songs from their forthcoming releases in 2015.

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