Rhythm and Roots

Music from Saharan Cellphones Volume 2 Kickstarter

[gigya height=”360″ src=”http://www.kickstarter.com/swf/kickplayer.swf” flashvars=”backcolor=000000&file=http%3A%2F%2Fs3.amazonaws.com%2Fksr%2Fprojects%2F232521%2Fvideo-150124-h264_high.mp4&image=http%3A%2F%2Fs3.amazonaws.com%2Fksr%2Fprojects%2F232521%2Fphoto-full.jpg&project_creators=A+World+Music+project+by+Christopher+Kirkley&project_title=Music+from+Saharan+Cellphones+Volume+2+LP&project_url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.kickstarter.com%2Fprojects%2F454629120%2Fmusic-from-saharan-cellphones-volume-2-lp&screencolor=000000&skin=%2F%2Fwww.kickstarter.com%2Fswf%2Fkickskin.swf” width=”480″ ] After successful Kickstarter funding a year ago the first volume of “Music from Saharan Cellphones” was officially released, a brilliant look into the culture of sharing music on mobile phones in the Sahara. The… Read More

Songs For Desert Refugees

Over the past few months Mali has faced one of it’s worst crises since the 1960s. In January secular Tuareg rebels rose up against the national army calling for a separate Tuareg state. The uprising was quickly seized upon by foreign… Read More

VA – For Whom the Cowbell Tolls (Electric Cowbell)

The latest digital compilation from Electric Cowbell, Brooklyn’s finest purveyors of 45RPM vinyl goodness, has to get the prize for the best album title of the month. A celebration of the humble cowbell, the album brings together Electric… Read More

Awesome Music from Africa

A little look at a handful of exciting music released this week which concentrates on new and forgotten music from the African continent. First up Awesome Tapes from Africa‘s first official release as a label. The blog has… Read More

Music from Saharan Cellphones

About a year ago musicologist/blogger Chris Kirkley released two intriguing cassette mixtapes of music from western Africa. Music from Saharan Cellphones Volume I & II offered a glance into the mobile phone phenomenon in the Malian town of… Read More