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Saturday, July 5th, 2014

Music: Mauritanian singer Noura Mint Seymali goes global

Listening to Mauritanian singer Noura Mint Seymali’s newest album Tzenni is like enjoying a complex and meticulously prepared meal. Like an aromatic spice, her striking voice adds richness to each song, combining gorgeously with guitar, bass, drums and the ardine – a Mauritanian string instrument. Some of the songs are even named for types of

Friday, June 14th, 2013

Meeting Sembène: An Interview with Abderrahmane Sissako

Abderrahmane Sissako is a Mauritanian-born, Mali-raised filmmaker who completed cinematic training at Moscow’s Federal State Film Institute during the 1980s. The program concluded with his first film, the 23-minute short Le Jeu , which he shot...

Saturday, March 30th, 2013

I Sing the Desert Electric: Sights and Sounds from the Sahel

“I Sing the Desert Electric” is a collection of video material shot over the past three years by Sahel Sounds founder Christopher Kirkley in different locations in the Western Sahel (Mauritania, Mali, Niger, Nigeria), representing distinct and highly regionalized musical...

Saturday, January 29th, 2011

Regional Acoustics

Ishilan n-Tenere is an outstanding compilation of acoustic guitar songs from three regions of Senegal and Mali.  The bands featured don’t have the international renown of other artists from the two musically prolific nations, but according to...

Wednesday, April 14th, 2010

Jim Goldberg’s Photography

The work of photographer Jim Goldberg who documents the experiences of people who travel to Europe to start new lives, in search of stability and “the promise of a better future.” They end up in Greece. Some of...