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Shurooq - Beheb el Leyl - 1st take
October 30, 2014 08:03 PM PDT
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Sudanese singer Shurooq Abu el Nas rehearsing her hit with Mhnd Taha and Fathi - in the living room, somewhere in England. As performed at the Musicport Festival, Whitby, 2014.

Sali - drummers from Casamance
March 03, 2012 12:57 PM PST
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These two guys from Casamance played in a bigger group in the February 2012 Kartong festival in the Gambia. They were the musical keystone at Mambuwe's birthday party the following week, where I recorded this with the Zoom H2, in the crowd.

Omar Ihsas acappella - unmodified
January 13, 2012 06:29 AM PST
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This is the plain vanilla version

Omar Ihsas acappella
January 12, 2012 12:52 PM PST
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The Sudanese singer from Nyala, Darfur, with a love song I remembered from 1980s Darfur. (The name of the original singer escapes me - Zakariya?) Love the lyrics - Get me a packet of "Bahari" (Navy Cut/Gold Leaf cigarettes) and a glass of cold water, and let's go to your place, or to Khartoum (for the sugar)... Recorded in a flat in London 2006 - minidisc + Sony electret mic. This version, with added reverb, was released on the Solid Earth benefit CD "Grounded".

Water - Joe Driscoll ft. Neo - Don Hendicutz remix
September 15, 2011 08:53 AM PDT
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Joe's track from his new EP MIXTAPE CHAMPS, remixed featuring Neo of the Boxettes and the Don at the desk. Wonder where he got the bit about "from a pump to a plastic can"... From http://soundcloud.com/joe-driscoll/water-don-hendicutz-remix-ft

"Maalek ya Hob?" - ZandeJazz w. Sebit Fantaz - reggae in Khartoum Sudan 1989
September 11, 2010 07:46 AM PDT
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Sudanese guitarist Sebit Fantaz and his band ZandeJazz used to rehearse at Sajjana Youth Club in Khartoum in the late 1980s. They played African, reggae, Arabic and soul, influenced by Jimmy Cliff and James Brown. I recorded "Maalek ya Hob?" (What's Up love?") live at my place in Beyt al-Mal, Omdurman in early 1989. They dub it at 3.15; the cool rhythm guitarist does the theremin-like weirdness while Sebit does his axe-man stuff.

"Sikakeen" - DIY electric music in a mud hut Sudan 1978 pt3
September 10, 2010 05:11 PM PDT
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Third (and final) blistering instrumental from "Elixir" - Mohammed Abbass and his brothers live in Gedaref Sudan 1978. Bass player AbuBakr was 17, and lead guitarist Mo 23; the drummer 13. We used one amp for lead and bass guitars, feeding two mono speakers either side of the drumkit. No FX pedals. One recording microphone, "mixing" by moving the mic off-axis for dub emphasis, and across the soundstage (spinning it on a rope) for phasing/Lesley cabinet effect. Phew...

"Darawiish" - DIY electric music from a mud hut in Sudan 1978 pt2
September 10, 2010 10:14 AM PDT
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Alternative title "Heat Haze". The second beautifully grungy instrumental from Mohammed Abbass and his brothers, recorded live in their living room in Gedaref Sudan 1978. They bought pickups, strings and machine-heads, and made their own guitars. And held the first mixed-dancing wedding street-party in the town's history. Rrrrespect...

"Tokar" - DIY electric music from a mud hut in Sudan 1978 pt1
September 10, 2010 07:59 AM PDT
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Gedaref, Eastern Sudan 1978: Home-made guitar and bass, tea-chest speakers and goatskins on the drumkit - with Hendrix and Santana as their idols, Mohammed Abbas and his two brothers taught themselves, hundreds of miles from the nearest musical equipment shop. Youngest bro' is 13, and drums like a pro! I strapped on the headphones and recorded them on the fly in the nice acoustics of their mudwalled room. The master tape was stolen - this is a copy from a fake TDK cassette.

West African Wedding Party pt 1 New Year 2010
January 17, 2010 10:47 AM PST
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Guinea-Conakry band Koumakan at the Flying V, the Gambia, 4 January 2010. Bride and groom (Mambuwe + PV) enter in matching white brocade and lead the first dance; PV clutching recorder in the melee. Name-checks for all and sundry - Happy New Year!

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