Today on Global Grooves, I played some music from a new release called "Music from Saharan Cell Phones". There are some really exceptional tracks on this album. It was compiled from basically field recordings taken in Mali in 2009-10. I expected to hear some music that sounded primitive and homemade but I was gladly mistaken. The music is rich and textured and has the feel of the grooves from the Tuareg regions of the Saharan Desert. The digital download is a killer price with detailed liner notes. The link to it is here:
"Music from Saharan cellphones is a compilation of music collected from memory cards of cellular phones in the Saharan desert. The World Music Network have discovered this intriguing release, produced by Christopher Kirkley, courtesy of Sahelsounds.com
In much of West Africa, cellphones are used as all purpose multimedia devices. In lieu of personal computers and high speed internet, the knockoff cellphones house portable music collections, playback songs on tinny built in speakers, and swap files in a very literal peer to peer Bluetooth wireless transfer. "-World Music Network website.
I highly recommend this release! Enjoy, and if you haven't already, please follow my blog and tell your friends. I am constantly posting new stuff, links and images trying to make this blog a one stop location for world music news and info.