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Anou Malane

by Abdallah Ag Oumbadougou

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holymountainmgmt Title track is a must hear. Placed it on many a playlist for friends. Completely original sounds rooted in Tuareg guitar tradition.
Ryan Sarno
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Ryan Sarno In an interview with Dweezil Zappa, Mdou Moctar cites an Abdallah Oumbadougou concert when he was a child as the moment he knew he needed to play guitar.

"Anou Malane" is gritty, politically charged. The drum programming grooves. The tape warped fidelity gives it an otherworldly energy. I wish I knew this record earlier; it feels like one of those obvious missing links that a Westerner listening to Tuareg music remotely may not be aware of. One of my favorite Sahel Sounds releases so far. Favorite track: Thingalene.
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Robert Bloemkolk Found out about Touareg music through Tinariwen, like most people. If you want to dig deeper, this record is a (very) good start. Favorite track: Thingalene.
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Anou Malane 05:00
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Ifitalane 04:57
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Thingalene 04:24
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Akokass 03:35
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Tuareg guitar gets the electronic treatment, with a reissue of the cassette by legendary Nigerien composer Abdallah Oumbadougou. Produced in Benin in 1995, “Anou Malane” is one of the first studio recordings of Tuareg guitar. The genre, known for minimal folk ballads performed on acoustic guitar, is transformed with a full-on 90s swinging groove.

Abdallah Oumbadougou is one of the original creators of Tuareg guitar music. Active in the Tuareg rebellion in the 1990s, his early compositions were politically charged, addressing the fighters scattered in the desert. These low-fi recordings were recorded on boomboxes, and found their way throughout the diaspora, passed through clandestine networks of cassette dubbers.

In exile, Abdallah traveled to Benin to record an official release with Nel Oliver, a West African producer known for his work on a number of seminal boogie and afro-funk records. Oliver's influence is heavily felt on the recordings with early digital techniques of programmed drum effects and backing synthesizer, transforming Saharan political ballads into Afro-boogie anthems for the discotheque. The resulting album went on to become a classic and pushed Tuareg guitar and the rebellion into the public consciousness.

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released September 6, 2019

Restored and Mastered by Jessica Thompson
Back photo Philippe Baqué
Original cassette courtesy of Abdallah Oumbadougou
Special thanks to Moussa Ag Bilalan, Yousouf Oumbadougou, Aboubacar Mazawadje, Ahmoudou Madassane
Sahel Sounds 2019

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Abdallah Oumbadougou is one of the original creators of Tuareg guitar music. Active in the Tuareg rebellion in the 1990s, his early compositions were politically charged, addressing the fighters scattered in the desert. These low-fi recordings were recorded on boomboxes, and found their way throughout the diaspora, passed through clandestine networks of cassette dubbers. ... more

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