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    Abdallah Oumbadougou - Anou Malane album cover

    Abdallah Ag Oumbadougou*Anou Malane

    Label:Sahel Sounds – SS-053
    Format:
    Cassette, Reissue, C40
    Country:USA & Canada
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    Genre:Folk, World, & Country
    Style:African

    Tracklist

    A1Anou Malane
    A2Ifitalane
    A3Souvenir-Name
    A4Thingalene
    B1Akokass
    B2Tenere
    B3Nirtaye-D-Wakhsanet
    B4Zagzane Bass Tila
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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.

    Original cassette courtesy of Abdallah Oumbadougou
    Special thanks to Moussa Ag Bilalan, Yousouf Oumbadougou, Aboubacar Mazawadje, Ahmoudou Madassane

    Other Versions (3)

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    Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
    New Submission
    Anou Malane (LP)Sahel SoundsSS-053USA & Canada2019
    New Submission
    Anou Malane (LP, Test Pressing, White Label)Sahel SoundsSS-053USA & Canada2019
    New Submission
    Anou Malane (8×File, MP3, Album, Reissue, VBR)Sahel SoundsSS-0532019

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