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December 28, 2010 at 12:59 am

thanks for all the incredible music you’ve given me. including this.

December 28, 2010 at 3:20 am

Love it!

December 28, 2010 at 3:53 pm

yeah this is nice

Riverside Artsreply
December 29, 2010 at 3:44 am

SERIOUSLY POWERFUL. LOVE IT. My favorite that you’ve posted. Ears are dancing.

December 29, 2010 at 5:00 pm

brain food!!! a whole different way of looking at things… not just the same ideas i could more easily get from a david byrne album… no, no, this is what i’m talkin’ about!!!!!


December 29, 2010 at 8:11 pm

brian, much love for the site from kenya. please check your yahoo mail, i’ve told you about a new project called raw music international and am eager to hear what you think.

December 30, 2010 at 1:10 pm

Thank you, this is great!

January 1, 2011 at 12:15 am

a little background:

This is a type of music known as “isswat” — it’s the traditional music of the Adrar D’Ifoghas in Northern Mali, characterized the men performing the bass humming and the women singing the melody. The singer, Fadimoutou Wallet Inamoud, recorded this at the Maison de Luxembourg studio in Kidal. She no longer sings, having married, as it’s usually an activity for unmarried youth.

“Isswat is an activity relegated to the night. After the stars have come out, the families have finished dinner, the youth sneak off. Perhaps one will begin playing a tende. The other young and unmarried youth will hear this, the distant low pounding of the drum. Sneaking off to some locale away from the camp, the youth assemble.

The music of the issawat is characterized by the sigadah, the low humming of the men, which provides a bass, and the woman who will sing the melody. The songs are often provocative, songs of love, albeit it in a very coy and covert manner. Issawat is also the opportunity for the youth to meet and flirt, and in the periphery of the performance, the young boys and girls whisper to one another.”


It’s also the root of the ishumar guitar — just listen to any track of Tinariwen and you’ll hear a low droning bass of the repeatedly struck low G, not unlike this bass of the sigadah.

Happy new year!

January 1, 2011 at 6:50 pm

I like this very much!
Any idea what the individual tracks are called?

Rumah Sakit Advent Medanreply
January 2, 2011 at 10:22 am

I Like It…

January 3, 2011 at 8:09 pm


Abdul Dubereply
January 6, 2011 at 7:23 pm

crazy , awesome , dont stop, a great archive slash library u are providing —

have u considered putting the follow this blog function on, would love to stay in the know about your blog.

January 20, 2011 at 11:18 pm

3rd track side B
sounds like all parties are under hypnosis
it feels like they are unaware
it feels like they are zombies

May 4, 2011 at 5:33 am

oh yeah man this is just so damn cool!!!! loving it!! thank you, brother!

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May 16, 2011 at 4:07 am

thank you this is great!

June 1, 2011 at 5:41 am

i reeeeally, i mean really, like this tape, so i’ve been listening extra carefully. if you number the tracks 1-7 on the A side and 8-14 on the B side, you can say that 1 thru 5 are a repeat of 6 thru 10. I like the tape better without the repeats, which you could get, one way for example, by listening to the first 2 tracks on side A and then the entire side B all the way through. Hope somebody out there appreciates the info, probably nobody cares, but i reeeeally like the tape!

June 8, 2011 at 10:06 am

Allah Akbar,man!

March 18, 2012 at 12:43 pm


is this the same album?

lack of better words | sahelsoundsreply
March 20, 2015 at 9:00 pm

[…] studio recordings of Isswat, were made at a small studio in Kidal in 2008. They were released on cassette and CD, sold locally in Kidal, and distributed via mp3 on memory cards and cellphones. A few years […]

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