The latest from Sahel Sounds is 'Balani Show Super Hits,' a compilation of electro/percussion-heavy popular music played at public street parties in Mali.
<p>On their latest project, <strong><a href="http://www.okayafrica.com/2013/01/08/african-music-sahel-sounds-earbuds/" target="_blank">Sahel Sounds</a></strong> (the brainchild of <strong>Chris Kirkley</strong>) looked to Mali for a compilation of electro/percussion-heavy popular music played at <strong>Balani Show</strong> public street parties. <em>Balani Show Super Hits</em> is a taste of a high energy Malian music that originated out of a late 90s street party scene in Bamako, where DJs began opting for large sound systems and cassettes in favor of Balafon musicians. From the parties soon came a "Balani Show" (aka "Ambience") urban music genre fusing modern production with traditional rhythmic patterns. On the hits compilation, contemporary stars, including <strong><a href="http://youtu.be/ipmlpC5lksA" target="_blank">Kaba Blon</a></strong>, feature alongside veterans from the Balani scene like <strong>DJ Bamanan</strong> and <strong> <a href="http://www.okayafrica.com/2012/02/17/audio-gulls-x-sahel-sounds-super-balani-mix/" target="_blank">DJ Balani</a></strong> in a talking-drum-infused collection bridging sounds from the electronic balafon with Kuduro and Coupé Decalé. <em>Balani Show Super Hits</em> is out now via <a href="http://sahelsounds.com/" target="_blank">Sahel Sounds</a>. Stream it in full below and find out more Balani Show history and backstory from Chris Kirkley <a href="http://sahelsounds.com/2014/03/balanishowtakeover/" target="_blank">over here</a>.</p><p><div class="preroll-video"></div><ora-player></ora-player></p><p><iframe height="240" seamless="" src="http://bandcamp.com/EmbeddedPlayer/album=3316328049/size=large/bgcol=ffffff/linkcol=7137dc/artwork=small/transparent=true/" style="border: 0; width: 400px; height: 472px;" width="320"></iframe></p>
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