Various Artists - Music from Saharan WhatsApp

Various Artists - Music from Saharan WhatsApp

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Release Date 10/06/2022
Format LP
Label Sahel Sounds
Catalogue Number SS069LP

In 2020, Sahel Sounds hosted a project called Music from Saharan WhatsApp. This series consisted of ephemeral digital EPs, documenting live performances by some of the most exciting acts in the Sahel playing music, including Nigerién techno, wedding rock, Woodabe guitar, WZN, traditional music, Mandingue music, and more.

Responding to an open call from our network of artists, musicians recorded a handful of tracks on their cellphone and sent them over the popular mobile app WhatsApp. Each session was hosted for a month on Bandcamp and sold on a sliding scale, with all profits
wired directly to the musicians. After a month, the EP would disappear, replaced by another one. Now, some of the label's favorite tracks from this series are collected for the first time outside of Bandcamp as the Music from Saharan WhatsApp compilation LP. This LP features tracks by established Sahel Sounds artists such as Etran de L'Aïr, Hama, Alkibar Jr, Amaria Hamadaler (of Les Filles de Illighadad), and artists new to the label like Bounaly and Andal Sukabe. Follow-up to Sahel Sounds’ groundbreaking Music from Saharan Cellphones compilation series // Includes tracks by Etran de L'Aïr, Amaria Hamadaler (of Les Filles de Illighadad,) and Hama.

01. Etran de L'Air - Tarha Ebouse Dighe Mane
02. Oumou Diabate and Kara Show – Wara
03. Jeich Ould Badu – Elyn
04. Alkibar Jr – Adouna
05. Amaria Hamadalher – Tarhanine
06. Luka Productions and Kandiafa - Ne Be Massa Wofo
07. Andal Sukabe - Hey Malale
08. Hama – Alhoria
09. Veyrouz Mint Seymali - Saghmi Yessri
10. Bounaly – Takamba
11. Oyiwane – Fatima