WhatsApp recordings of dessert blues in the monthly “Music from Saharan WhatsApp Series”

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About the dessert as a recording studio with only WhatsApp as recording equipment.

For the year of 2020, Sahel Sounds presents “Music from Saharan WhatsApp.” Every month, They will be releasing an EP from a musical group in the Sahel. Every album will be recorded on a cellphone, and transmitted over WhatsApp, and uploaded to Bandcamp – where it will live for one month only. Available for pay as you want, 100% of the sales will go directly to the artist or group. After one month, the album will be replaced by another one, until the end of the year. 

This month’s release comes from Agadez guitar band, Etran de L’Aïr. Translated to “Star’s of Agadez,” Etran is one of the longest running wedding bands in a city renowned for guitar. Constantly playing in the outdoor weddings, both in the city and the surrounding countryside, Etran play exhaustive concerts, late into the night. Even for a guitar band, they push the instrument to the extreme, with three guitars playing simultaneously, soloing over one another, creating a dreamy cacophony of sound. This session was recorded at night in their home in Abala, just outside the center of Agadez.

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