Africa High-Tech

Christopher Kirkley went into the Sahara in search of an unheard musical tradition. He found it—but it wasn’t what he expected.

Music Stories
In 2008, Christopher Kirkley went to Africa in hopes of capturing sounds rarely heard by the rest of the world. Traveling southwest from Morocco...   More
Wednesday, October 24, 2012 MATTHEW SINGER

Cut of the Day: Brainstorm, "Tahoultine," Music For Saharan Cellphones: The International Reworks Compilation


In 2010, Chris Kirkley—the Portlander who operates the West African music blog Sahel Sounds -- went to Mali to make field recordings of local musicians, He did so, but he also came back with memory cards full of songs copied from cell phones of the people in the northern city of Kidal (according to Kirkley, in the name of cultural exchange, he traded the villagers a couple of Elliot Smith and Townes ...   More
Monday, October 10, 2011 MATTHEW SINGER


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