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Christopher Kirkley is a musicologist and the creator of Sahelsounds.com, a project exploring the cultural and musical phenomena of the Sahel region of West Africa. The Sahel is sparsely populated by nomads and semi-nomadic herders as well as first generation urban youth on motorbikes, with cellphone memory cards and USB keys dangling around their necks. Christopher will tell us an inspring story about how field recordings, interviews, ad-hoc video, YouTube archeology and cellphone data collection come together as archival and storytelling devices for the music and sound of the Sahel.

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