Desert Rain

A Portland ethnomusicologist remakes Purple Rain in the Sahara.

Music Stories
One thing Christopher Kirkley can’t be accused of is lacking ambition. Since 2008, through his Sahelsounds blog and record label, the Portland “guerrilla ethnomusicologist” has collected a   More
Wednesday, January 28, 2015 MATTHEW SINGER

Kickstart My Heart: Portland Blogger To Direct First-Ever Tuareg-Language Film in West Africa

Sahelsounds' Christopher Kirkley wants to remake Purple Rain in the Sahara.


A few years ago, self-described "guerrilla ethnomusicologist" Christopher Kirkley went to West Africa and discovered something neither he nor anyone outside the region knew existed. In an area with no reliable Internet connections, people had created a literal peer-to-peer file sharing network, trading MP3s of locally produced artists from across the Sahara via Bluetooth technology on cheap, ...   More
Tuesday, January 14, 2014 MATTHEW SINGER

Brew Views: Purple Rain

Purify yourself.

Brew Views
It’s a testament to Prince’s musical genius that no one remembers Purple Rain for the horrendous acting and blatant misogyny. If he hadn’t written the greatest movie soundtrack of all time t   More
Wednesday, June 13, 2012 MATTHEW SINGER


Web Design for magazines