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I Sing the Desert Electric:

Sights and Sounds

from the Sahel

“I Sing the Desert Electric” is a collection of video material shot over the past three years by Sahel Sounds founder Christopher Kirkley in different locations in the Western Sahel (Mauritania, Mali, Niger, Nigeria), representing distinct and highly regionalized musical scenes. The result is a short visual and aural feast. If you want to know more, Kirkley recently talked about his Sahel Sounds project on Radio France InternationaleHere. Boima first wrote about the label here. Volume 2 of “Music from Saharan Cellphones” is now available om vinyl (and so is “Bollywood Inspired Film Music from Hausa Nigeria”).



Sahel Sounds
By Alison Hird

The founder of the Sahel Soundslabel Christopher Kirkley talks about publishing music that he found circulating on cell phones in Mali.