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matthew lavoiereply
August 10, 2009 at 3:32 am

The title of the cassette reads ‘Noujoum Taarab el Mauritanie’ which translates ‘the stars of Mauritanian music’. The cassette features the female griot Momma mint Dendenni and the guitar player Seddoum ould Bowba Jiddou. They are both Nouakchott based griots from Mauritania, and the young generation of two of Eastern Mauritania’s biggest griot families. They probably came up to the Moroccan Sahara for a few months to play some weddings and make some cash and were asked to record this cassette. Many of Nouakchott’s griots make frequent trips up to the Moroccan Sahara. This is a very nice cassette!!

August 10, 2009 at 5:20 am

I guess stay on the lookout for “Volume1”

August 10, 2009 at 5:24 am

I guess stay on the lookout for “Volume1”

August 10, 2009 at 6:09 am

I love Mauritanian music.
This one’s very nice.

Some shameless self-promo…inspired by the desert masters…

August 11, 2009 at 2:32 am

Thank you!!! Always enjoy your posts…


August 11, 2009 at 7:30 am

Welcome all people around the world, If you need download MOVIE or GAME please you go to website
don’t forget send your friend . thank!

August 11, 2009 at 10:18 pm

I’m going to leave a second comment to say that this tape is an absolute MONSTER!!!!

She sings soooo wonderfully, and looks so beautiful, joyful and inviting on the cover. (I am falling in love.)

Also really nice drumming, which I didn’t expect… This tape, for me, is on the short list along with Abin Dunia, Allan Family, Agbadza, etc…

August 12, 2009 at 11:47 am

oh this is so beautiful!!!
reminds me of group doueh, that i had the great chance to see live in june with sublime frequencies:

moving… and also fun!

but i can’t imagine what an experience is a moroccan wedding, wow…

thank you!!

August 18, 2009 at 8:15 pm

Your blog is really some treasure!
Thank you + thank you + thanks again!

My name is Zé McGill, I am a DJ and producer from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. We have an african music party down here, called MAKULA.

We are also putting together an african culture festival that will take place in Rio, during the next World Cup, in South Africa. Seun Kuti, Fanga and Orchestre Poly-Rythmo de Cotonou are some of the artists we’re trying to bring.

Check out our MySpace page:

And lets keep in touch!
Our email is


August 18, 2009 at 10:11 pm

Awesome indeed! thank you

Mr Blister

August 19, 2009 at 7:49 pm

Gracias por las dos cintas de Guelmin. Están muy, muy buenas. Están entre los mejores albums que descargado de tu blog (también me gustaron mucho las cintas de Moolobali Traoré, Khaira Arby, y muchas otras).

Después de escucharlas pensé que había un error en su procedencia de Marruecos (la música es característica de Mauritania), pero viendo ahora los comentarios queda claro que son artistas de Mauritania que graban en Marruecos.

A los que les ha gustado esta música les recomiendo escuchar a Ooleya Mint Amar Tichitt (el video de un concierto suyo está en skafunkrastapunk) y Dimi Mint Abba. Si mal no recuerdo en folkmusicSMB hay discos suyos.

Cordiales saludos.

August 20, 2009 at 12:32 am

hi, seems that the link to side B of the Faiza Ahmed cassette is down – a re-up, please?

News Blogreply
August 24, 2009 at 9:17 am

Nice Post

August 24, 2009 at 8:12 pm


We’re Unfit Times ( and we’re big fans of ATFA. We’ve put you on the Notable Links page of our new Web site, and we were wondering if, in the name of Internet cross-promotional solidarity, you wouldn’t mind doing the same.

In any case, thanks!
mk jm jr

August 27, 2009 at 12:56 pm

thanks everyone for the comments. special shout-out/thank you to Matt from VOA (!

and thanks for letting me know about the Faiza link, it’s fixed now.

August 27, 2009 at 12:57 pm

PS: my cassette player finally completely died (both decks) so i am saving up to get a new, nicer unit. it will be another couple weeks before another post, i’m afraid.

August 29, 2009 at 8:16 pm

Greetings. Great effort at keeping tapes alive!

We are your world music neighbors. Come say hello. The pleasure is all ours.


August 29, 2009 at 9:06 pm

A little backstory:

I bought the tape in Guelmim, but didn’t get a proper chance to play it until I was in Nouadibhou (, staying with a bunch of Malians in the shantytown from around Kayes, working on boats, saving money to buy a place on a boat to the Canary Islands. Annnyways, I gave the guys the tape and they loved it. We had it cranked up proper, and some Maurs came over to the house to have a listen. They were amazed at finding the music coming out of this house with a bunch of Malians clapping their hands and this American.

But thanks again for posting it. Brings back memories.

fred davisreply
September 9, 2009 at 9:30 pm

Great! Thank you!

September 20, 2009 at 3:09 pm

Unbelievable stuff, works especially after smoking a sneaky joint. That guitar player guy is really inspiring! Shit, I have to buy a decent chorus pedal right away!

Greeting from Finland!

September 30, 2009 at 9:53 pm


young thornmallowreply
October 29, 2009 at 7:40 pm

omg. this is so cool. as a mauritanian myself, it’s awesome to see that ppl outside the country appreciate the music. if you need more music from mauritania, just send me an email!

oh and check out p.j. harvey’s pocketknife, the intro riff is definitley borrowed from a hassani song.

October 30, 2009 at 1:47 am

young thornmallow:

I need more music from Muritania.

Please upload more of this beautiful music.

Thank you in advance.

January 2, 2010 at 9:05 pm

Thank you very much for this upload; it’s really beautiful.

And thank you, Matthew, for the “subtitles”

October 30, 2010 at 7:47 am

The album title is “Nojum Al-Tarab Al-Mauritanie”. It means “Music Stars of Mauritania”. But “tarab” doesn’t mean “music” exactly. It means a combination of music, joy and dance.

Side One:
Nan Hakini
Al-Takhmam Fi Bali

Side Two:
Lam Lam
Musighi (Music)

October 31, 2010 at 12:37 am

Muchas gracias por la info.


September 25, 2012 at 12:48 pm

Terrific stuff. If you ever doubted the consistency of Arabic music across the whole swathe from Africa’s west coast to central asia & India, this tape ought to convince you! That guitar so like Indian sitar, singing sometimes similar to the maqam traditions in central asia… And it’s all wonderful stuff: I hope someone can find something else with one or both of these 2 on it! Thanks so much for this

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December 22, 2019 at 7:57 pm

This plays during the credit roll after Volume Two of Arabian Nights (Miguel Gomez). Great song.

Caught it on youtube too

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