Various Artists

Agrim Agadez - Musique Guitare De La République Du Niger

Sahel Sounds SS038
  • LP: Incl. 16-page full color liner notes, ltd. to 1000 copies
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Agrim Agadez is a compilation of contemporary field recordings of guitar music from the Sahelian empire of Niger. Focusing on guitar music throughout the country, from meditative starlight ballads, fuzzy Hendrix covers, rag tag wedding bands, to political minded folk guitarists. A beautiful encapsulation of the diversity of guitar as it exists today, recorded over years of travels.

Like most of the Sahel, the guitar is found in every corner of Niger. Whether acoustic, electric, or built by hand, guitars are highly prized possessions and continue to inspire. Every corner of Niger has particular languages, customs, and cultures, and each corner has taken the instrument and transformed it in its own special way: from bar bands of the southern Hausa land, pastoral flock owning village autodidacts, rag-tag DIY wedding rock musicians, to political minded folk guitarists.

Agrim Agadez follows the sounds overheard playing on cassettes, seeking out the once legendary local heroes in their hometowns, and stumbling upon musicians in accidental chance encounters. The resulting record is a document of the guitar as it's heard, experienced in the open air studios of Niger with a single microphone - with backdrops of children's voices, crickets, and village ambience.

A follow up to Laila Je T’Aime and Ishilan n-Tenere. With 16 page full color liner notes.

Various Artists: Agrim Agadez - Musique Guitare De La République Du Niger

Migrid Noulhawan Fatou Seidi Ghali
Iban Mano D'Ikhya Etran De L'Air
Adounia Tiyoun Mdou Moctar
C'est La Vie Mohamed Karzo
Hey Joe Azna De L'Ader
Anashua John Safokoley
Agrim Agadez Etran De L'Air
Yayela Kel Tangawal
Imouhagh Siwlat Ahmed Ag Kaedi
Bahouche Amaria Hamadalher

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