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  • interview October 16, 2017

    Mdou Moctar Talks Tuareg Film and Music

    Mdou Moctar is a Tuareg guitarist and singer/songwriter from Niger. He has been touring in the United States in support of his third album, Sousoume Tamachek. It’s a beautiful, intimate session, blending acoustic and electric guitar, male voices and light … Read more »

  • blog May 5, 2015

    Tuareg Purple Rain: An Interview with Chris Kirkley

    Chris Kirkley of Sahel Sounds took on the epic task of remaking Prince’s classic film, Purple Rain, in Agadez, Niger. Akounak Tedalat Taha Tazoughai (“Rain the Color Blue With A Little Red in It”) is the first fiction film ever made in the Tamasheq … Read more »

  • blog January 2, 2015

    Sahel Sounds Drops End-of-Year Mix

    2014 was full of dope mixes, and before it could come to a close, Chris Kirkley at Sahel Sounds gave us one more. His year-end mix is an outstanding collection of old and new tracks, capping off what was a very productive … Read more »

  • review October 31, 2014


    Ever since the breakthrough of Tinariwen, the sight of Tuareg musicians swirling and bobbing their cheche-covered heads to the sound of electric guitars has become increasingly familiar. Mdou Moctar, whose debut album Anar has been released by Sahel Sounds, is one of … Read more »

  • interview February 17, 2014

    Purple Rain of the Sahel: Chris Kirkley on Akounak

    On the face of it, the idea of transplanting Prince’s epoch defining feature length music video/ self-starring biopic culture-jam Purple Rain to the desert town of Agadez (Niger’s principle city) seems absurd. Christopher Kirkley (and $17,000 of kickstarter money) say … Read more »

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