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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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One response to “Mammane and His Electronic Organ”

  1. Absolutely beautiful tracks. Glad I was able to purchase them through Bandcamp (which we also use). I found Mammane’s music as evocative and resonant as I did back in the day while listening to his contemporary asimilationists such as Pinguine Cafe Orchestra.
    Thanks for spreading the good sounds around.

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