on Thursday 13 April 2017
Sahel Sounds calls this rural music, village music, music for when you don’t have electricity. It’s music that comes from Illighadad, a small village made up of mud houses in Central Niger. Acoustic guitar and vocals by Fatou Seidi Ghali, a female Tuareg guitarist in a male dominated musical world. Her music is a gentle, almost sensual take on the Tuareg blues, these delicate webs of repetitive groove that couldn’t come from anywhere else. Yet the key is her incredible vocals, soft, almost expressionless, moving up and down in pitch with guitar. This is subtle, yet deeply personal music, it’s a little raw, but you can understand why Sahel Sounds have released this – it has power.