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.

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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

Christopher Kirkley's Top Five Tracks from West Africa

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In the current issue of Willamette Week, we profiled Portland blogger Christopher Kirkley, who lived for over a year in West Africa, making field recordings and trading regional pop songs with locals via MP3s stored on cellphones, which he eventually compiled and released through his label, Sahelsounds. We asked Kirkley for his top five favorite tracks from the region—and as you'll hear, they run ...   More
 
Wednesday, October 24, 2012 MATTHEW SINGER

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