Sahel Sounds is at the vanguard of publishing modern music out of the Sahel and West Africa. There is so much gold waiting to be mined out there that I don’t think it will be possible to tire of this fine company.
In their generosity, they offer a compilation of 16 tracks for free (or you can pay what you like). It’s a great spread, representing the talent they’ve unleashed to the world since 2009. Christopher Kirkley, the label owner, should be commended for opening up this region’s incredible music to the world.
World Circuit Records, a longtime leader in World Music, produces another magnificent album. This one is by a Malian singer born in Côte d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast) called Fatoumata Diawara. She’s worked with such luminaries as Paul McCartney, Damon Albarn and Beninese legends Orchestre Poly Rythmo de Cotonou.
So much great music coming out of North Africa these days. Amanar are a wonderful discovery out of Mali, published by Sahel Sounds, a magnificent record label out of Portland, Oregon, covering brilliant music out of the North and West of Africa.
Check out the Bandcamp site here.